6 Developer friendly methods for better Application Security :
Nobody wants their Web application to get hacked even in their dreams, But there is more than 100+ breaches happening any given hour world wide. Here’s how to get serious about secure apps development.
1. User inputs are the first weak link Everybody should understand that user inputs are not your friend,” Today, many sites accepts many different types of content from users, including text, images, and uploadable attachments. But all of that user-supplied content also can be used by a crafty hacker to try and exploit the underlying Web application. Accordingly, “the more user input you’re going to be collecting, the more work that will potentially need to be going into securing this input,” This means Developers should make things better enforced.
2. Understanding vulnerabilities which can compromise thingsHere is the most common list of vulnerabilities :Crucial ones are : SQL Injection , Cross Site Scripting (especially with MicroSevices and Webservices) this poses as the #1 risk.
3. Don’t customise security It’s very essential to have the list of approved security controls that will mitigate every exploit in the OWASP top 10, Now the top 10 is not an exhaustive list of vulnerabilities, but if you do that, you’ve at least gotten your fundamentals straightened out
4. Applying security controls consistently
Rule 1 : To be secure, we have got to be consistent. An attacker, only have to find the one place where you don’t have a security control, and that’s the one place you’ll be attacked.” Preventing that from happening means applying security throughout the development of your software, “and that requires securing the software development lifecycle, or SDLC. Tools like HP Fortify , SonarQube helps to find vulnerabilities during development stage itself.
5. Share the best practice Key to succeess is not having to re-invent the wheel everytime a team is doing a new project, Common Security Practices have to templatized and be used company wide, Security CoEs ( Centre of Excellence) of Focus Groups helps to share the knowledge.
6. Security Controls in Open Sources / Different Languages Every Programming language is different and so are the security controls too. That goes for PHP, Java, .NET, or any other language being used. Each has its nuances, and some will offer better out-of-the-box security, but the important step is to ensure that everyone involved in building and approving a Web application understands how to stop exploits such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting attacks, and has the right development or code-checking tools to help.
Success to web-application security starts from the design phase. “It is not a separate module” – it’s part of every function, modules and query !
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