In today’s modern world, almost every business has a digital presence. Some businesses use digital tools to support their core offering and others rely on digital technology as their offering altogether. These technologies include customer-facing mobile and web applications, and back-office systems managing supply, demand and critical calculations. In more and more cases, huge data processing transmission, storage, and processing is happening. In these complex technical environments where data is being transmitted over the internet and other networks, information security becomes a factor that can pose risks and challenges.
The top ten security concerns you should know about
Although digital landscapes can be intricate, consisting of a number of different systems working together, there are some common information security concerns that surface. A reliable and popular source of these concerns is the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top 10 vulnerabilities list. OWASP is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the security of software. The OWASP Top 10 document highlights the first steps towards building more secure solutions. Here are the concerns explained in a relevant and human way for business and non-technical users:
Tactics to address security in your solutions
Security is all too often considered only when a solution is about to be released into the wild. Teams scramble to make fixes and shoehorn security features into a solution to meet deadlines and expectations. Information security should be considered from the start of any project. By leveraging simple tactics around education, collaboration, automation, and creating visibility; information security can become part of your process, rather than being a dreaded checkbox that compromises the solution and business at large.
The knowledge of the common security concerns, and the tactics for incorporating information security practices into your ways of work is the beginning. These principles and practices must be continuously reinforced within the organisation and teams. The goal should be to breed security as a concern into the culture of digital product development and engineering teams.
To ensure better security implementation, we need to think not only about how technology can catch our mistakes or breaches after the fact, but help us work smarter and more securely from the earliest stages
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