The pandemic has changed the way businesses operate. With lockdowns everywhere, online apps have become the savior for every business, and cloud adoption has skyrocketed. In fact, it’s predicted that 60% of companies will use public cloud platforms by the end of 2021. As businesses operate remotely over the cloud, application security has become extremely crucial.

The cloud space is constantly evolving, and as such, this poses challenges for businesses as they try to implement restrictive security measures to prevent data theft and other cyber-attacks. However, it will benefit them to study ways in which they can implement AppSec measures without hindering the user experience and the development process.

1. Shift-Left Approach

Shift-left pushes the security focus toward the beginning of the development journey. Shift-left means providing security controls at the point of data entry, at least for sensitive data. This is done by employing the use of secure passwords or additional layers between data entry and the actual application. Many businesses are starting to move toward this approach, although it is still in its infancy.

2. Effort-Free Approach

Another way businesses can implement AppSec measures is by basing additional security controls on existing features already available in their apps. The effort-free approach involves tightening up existing security controls by adding verification steps around sensitive actions, such as account creation and password changes. It allows developers to focus more time on creating innovative features instead of spending time outmoding security controls.

3. Intelligent AppSec Tactics Through Testing

This strategy is an extension of the shift-left approach, but here, vulnerabilities are plugged in just before deployment or in real-time. Setting up these measures will allow users to access the application seamlessly, while criminals are blocked before they can do any damage.

4. Cloud-Native Architecture

The cloud-native approach relies on the fact that many AppSec measures are built into the cloud’s systems and features. This allows businesses to easily integrate security controls into their apps, without having to invest in additional infrastructure and software. Its use is growing rapidly in enterprises and SMBs looking for simple and cost-efficient security controls.

5. Risk-Based Approach

A risk-based approach is shifting control from a reactive to a proactive mindset in order to identify weaknesses that can be exploited by hackers. It involves taking steps to mitigate risks and reduce their likelihood of occurrence. This requires the creation of security measures that take into account statistics such as user behavior and patterns, as well as avoiding potential problems such as exploitation by application bugs.

6. Antivirus Approach

The antivirus approach is based on applying security measures that can detect malicious software at an early stage, and stop it before causing damage. It aims to combat threats by focusing on the prevention and detection of malware and other types of online threats, including malware and ransomware. This approach often includes a web scanner integrated into the application, so it can check whether the application has been tampered with or modified manually by a user or other source.

7. Know Your Users

A useful strategy to mitigate risk is knowing your users. Understanding how your users act will help you to know where the risks are, and it will enable you to create the most effective security measures for each of them. This can be done with user research, interviews, surveys, or even focus groups. It may also be helpful to check whether there are any issues with their existing security solution which has led them to use your application instead.

8. Know Your App

Knowing your app will help you identify any issues or bad coding practices that could put it at risk of malware infections or data breaches. Once you’ve got this knowledge, you’ll be able to create additional security controls that protect the app against these risks. For example, you can review which third-party libraries are being used in the app and whether they’re up to date. Additional security measures may include thorough code reviews on an ongoing basis or regular penetration tests on the code.

9. Know Your Data

Most importantly, you need to know your data. This means identifying which data is more sensitive than others and keeping it protected at all times. For example, do not store customer credit card details directly on the servers which are responsible for running the application. Instead, use a trusted third party that is specifically responsible for handling sensitive data. Select trusted vendors with solid reputations in the industry who have proven track records over time of successfully implementing secure practices across their processes and systems.

Interested in reading more about the benefits of implementing the cloud into a business. Cloud Computing Benefits – Why You Should Work in the Cloud discusses why any business should implement the cloud into their structure and routine.

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