Security should not be a taboo subject for the average business owner, especially when it comes to your information assets. Given that we most live in a knowledge-based economy and every organization relies to some degree on the IT infrastructure, it stands to reason that even a small breach could have catastrophic consequences. So, what should the average business do to protect itself?
Every Business Should Do Periodic Assessments
If your organizations are like most then you rely on your IT infrastructure for capturing, managing, and utilizing information assets to survive. So, it should come as no surprise that those digital assets are constantly under threat of breach or damage by cyber criminals. In fact, the 2020 Cost Of A Data Breach Report pegs the impact at USD 3.86 million.
In order to prevent this potential loss, the best strategy will include security assessments to uncover vulnerabilities before they can be exploited. Empowering your DevSecOps team with the tools and resources to stay ahead of the threat means arming them with security assessments. But are all security assessments created equal?
Six Security Assessments Are Better Than One
The short answer to the question posed above is no, not all security assessments are created equal. Ultimately you will need to target a specific area for maximum impact. The six area of focus and their corresponding considerations include:
- Applications: Securing software for web, client, and server applications requires modeling systems like an attacker would and pinpointing areas of weakness that can be exploited. You will need to provide secure code reviews and web application penetration testing to identify security bugs and flaws while helping development teams rapidly remediate any discovered issues.
- Internet of Things (IoT): The Internet of Things (IoT) presents its own unique set of security challenges and requires a broad skill set for assessing. You should aim to secure your IoT devices and corresponding infrastructure through source code reviews, dynamic software and hardware testing, forensic analysis, and reverse engineering.
- Networks: Your on-premise, cloud, and hybrid network environments are under continuous attack. So, your network security assessments should explore the digital footprint of an organization and rigorously test your organization’s defenses ability to withstand attacks.
- Mobile: Your mobile assessments should explore how an application can expose security and privacy concerns for users and determine how to prevent these issues from happening. You will need a partner that specializes in iOS and Android security and focuses on discovering how security controls can be circumvented in order to breach client-side and server-side defenses.
- Cloud: In order to successfully maintain secure cloud software infrastructures as well as guide teams into the cloud securely you will need a partner that has deep expertise with AWS, Azure, and GCP and supporting multi-cloud deployments.
- Cloud Native: Building systems the Cloud Native way offers security opportunities as well as new challenges. You should perform security testing and help protect Kubernetes, Docker, and the microservices that power your software.
A security assessment should go beyond just identifying security defects. You should expect a focus on help for meaningfully triaging and fixing vulnerabilities discovered during testing. When selecting a vendor look to see if they provide exceptional remediation advice, which is specific, actionable, and aimed at reducing engineering overhead typically associated with mitigating security issues of each unique area of assessment.
Why chance being the next headline that announces a breach in your security? Can you really afford the negative impact on your brand on top of the cost of the security breach? Remember that a wise person one said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
nVisium empowers organizations to eliminate application and cloud security vulnerabilities before cyber threats exploit them with proven in-depth security assessments, remediation and training programs. Our experienced team of security-savvy developers and engineers guide organizations to build best practices with high ROI into their engineering and secure development lifecycles across applications, operating systems, networks, mobile, cloud and IoT through services, software solutions and R&D unique to business operations and compliance initiatives. Additionally, nVisium provides a fully managed platform for tracking and measuring performance as well as instructor-led and online training.
nVisium empowers organizations to eliminate application and cloud security vulnerabilities before cyber threats exploit them with proven in-depth security assessments, remediation and training programs. Call us when you are ready for security assessments to test the vulnerability of your applications, Internet of Things (IoT), networks, mobile and cloud. Schedule a demo today or download our new eBook titled “Demystifying DevSecOps” to get started yourself.