Application security is the process of developing, adding, and testing security features within applications. The purpose is to prevent security vulnerabilities against threats such as unauthorized access and modification. Web application security is a branch of information security. That branch deals specifically with the security of websites, web applications, and web services. At a high level, web application security draws on the principles of application security. These principles are applied specifically to the internet and web systems.
When considering application security, you must consider all tasks that introduce a secure software development life cycle to development teams. Its final goal is to improve security practices and, through that, to find, fix and preferably prevent security issues within applications. Customers may become hesitant to give you sensitive information if your company does not have a robust system for cybersecurity. Knowing your commitment to application security puts your customers’ worries at ease. Customers understand that you have thought of the right measures needed to protect their data.
Application security may include hardware, software, and procedures that identify or minimize security vulnerabilities. A router that prevents anyone from viewing a computer’s IP address from the Internet is a form of hardware application security. But security measures at the application level are also typically built into the software, such as an application firewall that strictly defines what activities are allowed and prohibited. Procedures can entail things like an application security routine that includes protocols such as regular testing.
Securing applications in the cloud poses some extra challenges. Because cloud environments provide shared resources, special care must be taken. Special care is required to ensure that users only have access to the data they are authorized to view in their cloud-based applications. Sensitive data is also more vulnerable in cloud-based applications. This is because that data is transmitted across the Internet from the user to the application and back.
This podcast will walk you through implementing and testing application security as presented in our book.