Applications (especially those exposed to the Internet or to partner networks) are a popular attack target for cybercriminals, for many reasons:
- Applications act as a gateway to valuable data. Credit card information, personal data, medical records (PHI), PII, SSN, and other proprietary information can often be accessed by and through the application.
- Organizations typically rely on firewalls and network segmentation as a layer of protection, but some application components must be exposed so that they are accessible to their intended audience. When compared to other critical infrastructure, applications are often directly accessible and must be carefully constructed and hardened to resist malicious attack.
- There are well-known tools and approaches for attempting to breach application security controls. Malicious actors can easily and inexpensively attempt attacks, sometimes in an automated fashion.
As a result of this landscape, having a solid plan for application security architecture and testing, and a secure software development lifecycle (SSDLC), is critical.
Application Security Architecture
Just like the saying “You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation,” you can’t build a secure application without a solid architecture that considers cybersecurity from the beginning. We’ll work with your team to define architectural tenets for new applications, or evaluate architectural elements of existing applications. This approach creates a blueprint that results in integrated, verifiable security that is resilient to attack.
Application Security Testing
In security and in life, the most difficult weaknesses to find are your own. Identifying application vulnerabilities and the ways in which malicious actors can exploit them is a critical puzzle piece in improving your organization’s cybersecurity profile.
Rule4 performs a variety of application security testing services, usually based on the Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM) and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) methodologies. We bring a wide array of unique skills and certifications to the table, and whether we’re testing an end-user application, API, or microservice, we analyze everything from the business logic to browser-resident code, subsystems to databases.
Secure Software Development Lifecycle (SSDLC) Design and Coaching
Integrating security into your SDLC results in a process that is both inclusive and predictable with regard to cybersecurity. Whether you’re an agile, scrum, waterfall, or kanban shop, we can bring the tooling, culture, and methodology to make your team embrace cybersecurity as part of their workflow.
Contact Rule4 to discuss how we can help your organization with application security. We’re here to help.