Building Secure IT Applications for the Cloud

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Part 3/3 of Blog Series on Cloud Security Part 1 Part 2

In this final blog in the series, we will discuss the importance of building an application while emphasizing the importance of security and incorporating security as an integral part of the design and development of an application. In the previous blogs, we discussed in detail about the challenges faced and steps to be taken to secure applications.

Gone are the days when security was viewed as an IT issue and the developers had little to do with it. Research has proven that protection of an application starts right at the code level. By understanding, finding and eliminating the security vulnerabilities, you can save a tremendous amount of money. An independent research by IBM Systems Science Institute found that it is far less expensive in fixing defects during development rather than fixing them at the production stage. By integrating security aspect in the application development process, you can effectively address vulnerabilities. To assure enhanced application security in the cloud you need to

  • Scan Applications: During the development phase of the application, scanning the application code for flaws can help you focus and eliminate security issues in the initial stages thereby saving costs and time. Testing the applications for security vulnerabilities would also train developers in better understanding the emerging security flaws and chronic defects that arise during development.
  • Validate and Rank Applications: By performing dynamic scans of an application at runtime, you can assess the risk posture of already deployed application. This effort helps you invalidating the security of the applications in development and in also identifying the effectiveness of remediation efforts.
  • Deploy the Applications with Confidence: One advantage of going with the security of the application is being informed about the risk posture. You can protect sensitive data by deploying web, mobile and cloud application by having a clear understanding of the risk involved. In turn, you can use manual penetration testing to scan for anomalies and coupled with automated testing tools your applications can be made even more secure. Automated testing solutions in conjunction with manual methods provide you with a scalable, reliable and consistent analysis of the security anomalies in the application. This approach when integrated with up-to-date threat intelligence, your organization can prioritize the remedial measures depending on the degree of risk they pose.

Summing up the three blogs, it is of primary importance to consider application security and there is a strong need to develop a secure application irrespective of whether it is deployed over cloud, web or any other platform. DoubleHorn offers a complimentary Cloud assessment and helps you understand the level of security Cloud offers to your IT infrastructure. Contact us to get started with the Cloud assessment.