We have seen how the cybersecurity landscape has sifted significantly in the last few years. According to the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Incident Report, web application attacks were the fourth most significant incident category and the #1 most frequent source of breaches. As enterprise security professionals, tools, and counter-measures continue to improve the security of the infrastructure, cybercriminals have move on to areas where vulnerabilities are easier to find and exploit.
This highlights the conventional wisdom of defense - securing endpoints, your network, and implementing sophisticated malware and virus management, though still extremely important, lack the ability to address the new reality – the application layer that is now the target.
Forrester, in the description of their report The State Of Application Security, 2018, states “In 2017, applications rolled out the welcome mat to malicious hackers, topping the list of successful external attack targets. Why? Developers continue transitioning from perfect to fast to provide unique customer experiences, and there aren't enough security pros to maintain manual application security review processes.”
Here’s some quick wins that application security can provide to put you on the offensive in cybersecurity.