Managing Application Security in the Cloud

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

In the previous blog we discussed at length about the various challenges faced by applications operating in the cloud and in this blog today, we will try to understand how to manage application security in the cloud.

Several organizations today make use of in-house software applications to execute important business processes, deliver advanced services to customers and to conduct business transactions with various suppliers. In the wake of these important transactions being made, it is of prime importance to secure these applications. In an increasingly dangerous threat landscape where attackers are devising novel ways to infiltrate into company’s secure IT infrastructure, organizations need to adopt latest technological methods to assure application security. The various steps you need to adopt in combating application breaches include

Assess your Risk Profile: The primary step is to assess how vulnerable your application is to external as well as internal threats. Having a comprehensive security intelligence solution in place that can continuously monitor enterprise environment and put vulnerabilities in context and maintain a regular surveillance and assessment of your risk posture is strongly recommended.

Safeguard your Data: It is a well-known fact that data security is an ongoing process and maintaining a tab on the flow of data, monitoring the resources accessing and modifying data, enforcing strict policies regarding data access is very critical. Monitoring data activity provides increased visibility into access of data, irrespective of the data located on big-data platforms, or in the form of unstructured or structured databases. This step can ensure the improvement of data security in both on-premise and cloud environments.

Track the User Access: Along with verifying user identities, you need to control access to data based on what the users are accessing and also in what context are they accessing it. One of the best solutions that can help you in this regard is the adoption of federated identity management solutions that can authenticate user access to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and cloud applications.

Integrate Application Security in SDLC: It is very important and in this increasingly threatening attack landscape, it is imperative to incorporate application security into software development lifecycle. Attackers are exploiting the vulnerabilities in applications to download malware onto user endpoints. Constant scanning of applications for vulnerabilities and making them an integral part of the development would go a long way in maintaining a secure environment.

Protect your applications against Fraud and Threats: In a cloud environment, integrated threat protection continues to remain an important aspect and enterprises need to strive to prevent applications from threats and frauds. Attackers are always looking out to infiltrate secure networks and access important databases thereby resulting in fraud. In order to mitigate these threats and prevent fraud, your enterprise needs to use a combination of security analytics, threat intelligence, and security products to effectively combat the attackers and secure data

In the next blog, we will discuss how application security needs to be started at a code level and various other ways to improve application security over the cloud.

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