Searching For Critical Business Application Security Shortcomings

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Business consultants may are working at mid-size or large organizations; they may be tasked to work from anywhere in the continent. In any case, they maintain a common objective: to better manage the risks associated with their organizational operations. With each passing year, business Web application security plays a significant role to fulfilling that responsibility. A great many of businesses place tremendous trust in their Web design and development departments. Perhaps too much.

Increasingly, enterprises count on enterprise-level Web applications as a primary means of doing business. Corporate applications generally incorporate the use of forms to accept client data. Case in point:, take social security numbers or credit cards or e-mail and user satisfaction answers. An enterprise-level Web page designer and developer in Anchorage, Alaska, for example, is assigned to develop many categories of information gathering applications.

Regrettably, the increased use of business Web applications leaves the organization open to security flaws that developers may not have anticipated. As the number and complexity of corporate Web applications becomes larger, so does the amount of exposures introduced into your organizational Web sphere. Very critical initiatives promote the focus on organizational application weaknesses. In fact, the number of deficiencies affecting enterprise level Web applications keeps businesses focused not on their core competencies, but on ever complicated strategies to manage these problems. And we shouldn’t just focus on the Web application. The database development team’s duties should also be reviewed very closely.

As security attacks grow more ingenious and malicious by the day,
neglecting to adequately protect your enterprise-level Web applications can leave your company exposed to very expensive offenses against your system. These security breaches can jeopardize sensitive personal information or the planting of malware or viruses.

Detailed business risks of these types of mistakes include:
Reduced revenue and business opportunities;
Unacceptable media focus;
Company loss of reputation;
Undesirable scrutiny from consumer advocates; and
Litigation.

Furthermore, if your company is legally compelled to guard the privacy and security of personal information, and computer hackers obtain this classified data, your firm can be in danger of noncompliance with a variety of mandated legislative prerequisites, including Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and Sarbanes-Oxley, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). The PCI DSS, To take a simple example, was developed to guard credit and debit card data by ensuring reliable and safe electronic marketing. Newer changes to existing PCI standard include increased specifications for organizations to keep safe Web-facing applications or be in a state of noncompliance. Public awareness, due to mass media, has made it imperative for organizations to stay abreast of the latest legislative requirements.

The moral of the story is that, as a manager, you must remain vigilant to the ever-present security threats against not only your Web applications, but also your other systems, such as your databases and physical data.

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