Searching For Dangerous Business Application Deficiencies

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Enterprise security managers may work for mid-size or large businesses; they may perform their assignments from anywhere in the world. In any case, they possess a common responsibility: to better manage the risks associated with their business infrastructure. With each passing year, corporate Web application security has become more critical to accomplishing that responsibility. Many companies place a great deal of faith in their web design departments. Incredibly often this trust is undeserved and managers should be more vigilant.

Increasingly, businesses depend on enterprise-level Web applications to differentiate their service offerings from their competitors and to enhance their business. Business applications typically incorporate the use of forms to pull client information. Case in point:, solicit medical history information or credit cards or confidential corporate information and user satisfaction criticisms. A business website designer and developer in Anchorage, Alaska, for example, is tasked to develop many classes of information gathering applications.

Sadly, the increased use of enterprise level Web applications gives hackers an opportunity to probe and test for unforeseen security loopholes. As the number and complexity of enterprise level Web applications grows, so do the number of hazards brought into your business Web dominion. Very critical initiatives project the focus on enterprise level application exposures. As a matter of fact, the amount of deficiencies involving corporate Web applications has businesses all over the world scrambling for solutions to these troubles. And we shouldn’t just focus on the Web application. The database management team’s performance activities should also be scrutinized closely.

As security attacks grow more ingenious and malicious by the day,
overlooking the responsibility to adequately protect your business Web applications leaves your corporation open to very expensive attacks against your infrastructure. These security breaches can cause the loss of sensitive client information or the introduction of malware or viruses.

Specific organizational hazards of these types of mistakes include:
Lost revenue and business opportunities;
Unacceptable media attention;
Company loss of reputation;
Ill-timed scrutiny from consumer advocates; and
Corporate lawsuits.

In like manner, if your organization is legally committed to guard from harm the privacy and security of personal data, and hackers obtain access to this classified information, your company can run the risk noncompliance with a host of mandated legislative specifications, 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, For example, was designed to guard from harm financial card data by assuring safe and secure electronic commerce. Newer changes to the PCI standard involve additional conditions and requirements for corporations to keep safe Web-facing applications or suffer from possible noncompliance. The public today has little tolerance for businesses who don’t practice sound Web security practices.

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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