In an era of increasingly sophisticated data hacks and attacks, there's a critical need to move beyond protecting your business’s perimeter. To thoroughly safeguard your organization, your enterprise must adopt an approach that addresses systems and software throughout their lifecycles.
A key piece of this strategic approach? Application security. According to CIO magazine, a typical $500 million-plus enterprise has developed more than 3,079 applications. These internal applications represent about 40 percent of a company’s overall application portfolio. Adding to the challenge: Internally developed application portfolios are growing at a robust 12 percent annual clip, IDG Research reports.
In order to successfully protect your company’s applications, your organization must engage your development teams and security teams early in the equation so they're in lock-step with one another — as well as with the rest of the organization. Anything less is a recipe for failure.
Organizations that ignore their development and security teams often fall short when it comes to application security. Internal and commercial developers, security teams, external security consultants, quality assurance specialists and security-as-a-service providers often have different and competing priorities. There’s also a general lack of insight among the teams about what applications the enterprise uses and how to close security gaps.
Among the undesirable results:
The outcome of these results is that many threats fly below the radar. In turn, this can unleash a number of dire consequences:
A best-practice organization, on the other hand, builds an enterprise framework that specifically addresses the needs of development and security teams. With these two groups tied into the overall application security framework, it's possible to dramatically reduce risk through the use of:
Ultimately, organizations that get serious and address the needs of these key groups — and ensure that developers are in the loop — are far better equipped to tackle the business and security challenges in today's complex business environment.