Application security for mobile and connected applications using APIs, brings extra challenges. Additionally, cloud environments provide shared resources, particular care must be taken to ensure that users only have access to the data they are authorised to view in their cloud-based applications. Sensitive data is more vulnerable in cloud-based applications due to the risks associated with transmitting the data across the Internet from the user to the application, and back.
Application security as a distinct discipline continues to grow. By 2019, the market was valued at $4 billion, with analysts expecting it to reach $15.25 billion at a CAGR of 25% by 2025. Vulnerabilities can originate from something as simple as a configuration error or using a software component that contains a known vulnerability.
Kontex recognises the importance of application security within Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Early integration of measure, automation into the DevOps is essential to deliver applications on time, secure and compliant. Preventing data or code from being leaked or exploited is fundamental to securing an application both, on-premises and in the cloud. Our experience tells us that authentication procedures combined with encryption is just the baseline.
In cloud-based applications, ingress and egress information flow holding sensitive data needs to be isolated and encrypted. Logging and monitoring with integration into SIEM is key to capture a potential security breach. At each stage, application security testing is an essential element to reduce the number of threats and enforce the process to ensure that all security controls work effectively.
Application security controls are processes to improve the security of an application at various stages, making it less vulnerable to threats.
Threat modelling, SAST, DAST or SCA test an application on how it responds to unexpected inputs that a cybercriminal might use to exploit and gain entry. Developers often write code to address a functional requirement of an application.
Detecting security vulnerabilities in the code, libraries or the environment early in the SDLC is key. Our experts can support you in developing secure and scalable applications in the cloud which is complemented by the following characteristics:
- Secure Design and Architecture
- Secure Coding
- Secure DevOps or Continued Build, Integration, Testing, Delivery and Deployment
- SOC, Runtime Defence and Monitoring