Discovering Critical Business Application Exposures

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Business consultants may spend their days at mid-size or large firms; they may work from anywhere in the state. However, they maintain a common responsibility: to better manage the risks related to their business infrastructure. With each passing year, corporate Web application security becomes ever more important to achieving that objective. A great many of companies place a great deal of trust in their web design departments. Perhaps too much.

Without a doubt, enterprises count on business Web applications to maintain their competitive advantage in business. Organizational applications in most cases embrace the use of Web forms to pull customer information. A simple case may be, take credit card numbers and social security numbers or confidential corporate information and user satisfaction answers. A corporate website designer and developer in Anchorage, Alaska, for example, is tasked to develop many categories of data gathering applications.

Sadly, the increased embracement of corporate Web applications leaves the organization open to security flaws that developers may not have anticipated. As the number and complexity of corporate Web applications grows, so does the amount of insecurities introduced into your corporate Web sphere. Highly damaging Web attacks keep the focus on business application insecurities. In truth, the amount of hazards involving enterprise level Web applications keeps businesses focused not on their core competencies, but on ever complicated strategies to manage these troubles. And we shouldn’t just focus on the Web application. The database design and development team’s duties should also be monitored.

As security attacks grow more ingenious and malicious by the day,
failure to adequately secure your business Web applications increase the chance of leaving your enterprise exposed to very expensive offenses against your system. These breaches can cause the loss of sensitive data or the injection of malware or viruses.

Specific business exposure of these types of invasions include:
Lost revenue and business opportunities;
Damaging media attention;
Corporate loss of reputation;
Undesirable scrutiny from consumer advocates; and
Litigation.

Furthermore, if your organization is legally under the obligation to protect the privacy and security of personal information, and computer hackers put their hands on this sensitive data, your firm can risk noncompliance with many mandated legislative terms adn conditions, 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 safeguard card data by maintaining reliably secure e-commerce. More recent changes to the PCI standard cover additional conditions and requirements for enterprises to secure Web-facing applications or face noncompliance. Public awareness, due to mass media, has made it imperative for organizations to stay abreast of the latest legislative requirements.

To remain safe, businesses today must keep abreast of the latest technologies and ensure their IT resources remain trained also. The consequences could be life-threatening for the company.

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