Applications form the lifeline of any business today – and they are under attack more than ever before. Where previously we focused our attention on securing organizations’ network parameters, today the application level is where the focus is for attackers.
According to Verizon’s 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report, web applications “remain the proverbial punching bag of the internet,” with about 80% of attacks in the application layer, as Gartner has stated. Taking proactive measures to protect your company and customer data is no longer an option: It is a business imperative for enterprises across all industries.
According to Gartner, application security puts a primary focus on three elements:
- Reducing security vulnerabilities and risks
- Improving security features and functions such as authentication, encryption or auditing
- Integrating with the enterprise security infrastructure