The web is the most ubiquitous computing platform in history. Billions of people use web application daily, which have become an integral part of our lives. But as web apps continue to grow and evolve, they’re also becoming more vulnerable to attacks and breaches. As such, we need to ensure that our web apps are built with security in mind to continue providing reliable service access while protecting sensitive data from malicious actors who want access or control it.
The nature of the web
The web is a distributed system. All web components exist on different servers, and they communicate with each other via HTTP requests and responses. This architecture means that a single website is not just hosted on one server but across thousands of individual computers worldwide.
Applications are the new perimeter.
The web is the new perimeter. Applications are the new perimeter. As a result, organizations need to adopt a “zero trust” approach to access control and security management for web applications scanning, similar to their traditional network security strategy.
The idea behind this “zero trust” approach is that all traffic should be assumed to be hostile until proven otherwise; in other words, no user or device should be given access unless there’s a good reason for it. This requires organizations to rethink how they manage these web applications – both on-premises and in the cloud – so that only users who need them can access them securely.
Web apps are everywhere.
You’ve probably used a web app in the past. Maybe you use it every day, or only once in a while. Either way, you’re likely using a web app now—and if not, chances are good that your friends and family do.
Web apps are everywhere: from social media to shopping to banking, and these programs are becoming increasingly popular with businesses and consumers. This makes them incredibly flexible (and powerful) tools for both personal and professional use—but also presents new challenges for developers aiming to keep their users safe from malware attacks.
As long as more people continue to rely on them as their primary method of accessing websites and applications online, secure service access will remain an essential element of any successful online strategy.
Secure web apps are hard to achieve
The web is a complex environment. Web applications often represent the first line of entry into your organisation’s systems—making them a critical security point. As a result, securing web apps has become increasingly challenging in recent years.
Websites are everywhere: they’re used by businesses and consumers alike to conduct online transactions, make reservations, or pay bills. Unfortunately, they’re also used by attackers when they attempt to compromise an organisation’s IT infrastructure through phishing attacks or drive-by downloads (DDoS). In short, the nature of the web makes it difficult to secure because there are so many different ways that access can occur over HTTP/S ports—and with each new port comes another potential vulnerability for attack vectors such as cross-site scripting (XSS) or man-in-the-middle attacks that can be used against any website running on top of this protocol architecture.
A holistic approach to secure app design and delivery
Designing secure web apps is a team effort. Every team member in the design, development and delivery process must know that security is part of their job description. This means that security needs to be embedded in your design from the very beginning. It also means that you should have a well-defined process for deploying applications that are robustly protected against attacks.
Security should also be built into your ongoing maintenance activities so that you can respond quickly when new vulnerabilities are discovered in libraries you use or when new threat actors surface on the Internet—like Heartbleed, Shellshock or Heartbeat (one of Skycure’s customers learned this lesson the hard way).
Web applications need to be built with security in mind.
You probably don’t think of it this way, but web application isolation is everywhere. They are the foundation of the Internet and mobile apps, powering everything from online banking to social media to your favourite websites.
Web apps need to be secure to be successful. But what does “secure” mean?
Web applications are vulnerable because they’re easy to attack: they run on commodity hardware, have an open source code base, and are often designed hastily by developers who lack security expertise. They’re also spread across multiple servers in a distributed environment and run on every type of operating system imaginable (including Windows). As a result, it’s difficult for developers or companies to monitor all possible threats as they grow more complex over time—and there’s always potential for new vulnerabilities as new technologies come online or old ones get replaced with something better.
With the rise in popularity of web applications, it’s time to start thinking about security as a core part of their design and delivery. The web makes it difficult for companies to provide a secure environment for their users. Web apps are everywhere, which means that they need to be able to adapt quickly and easily when an attack is detected. They also require a holistic approach when designing new software and updates that can be deployed seamlessly across various platforms.