Today, applications are the strategic driving force behind many companies and are increasingly becoming the target of cybercrime. Application Security Services provide processes and solutions to make any type of business application (especially web applications) more secure in terms of data availability, data integrity and confidentiality. In concrete terms, this means: The provision of controls and countermeasures which, after successful implementation, make the company’s applications and the corresponding IT infrastructure fundamentally more secure and thus protect them against external attacks, general data loss or misuse. Application Security Services also support compliance with regulatory requirements, e. g. in data protection or compliance. Q_PERIOR has already prepared many large companies in terms of application security, business continuity management, IT service continuity management and data protection. Q_PERIOR’s consultants draw on a wealth of experience from a wide range of industries, so that they can show you a viable path to cyber security. We have tried and tested processes, tools and templates that we can easily adapt to your individual requirements.
Below you will find detailed information on our five-step application security process. The process can be run through completely or in parts. However, based on our experience, we always recommend an analysis of your IT landscape, which is why you should not miss the first two process steps. In some cases, it may even be necessary to be a step ahead of the application security process in order to get an overall picture of the respective IT systems.
Process for implementing Application Security:
1. Classification of information
2. Performance of a business impact analysis
Determination of the risk level of the application By checking the importance of the application, for example with regard to availability and integrity of the data, the extent of damage in the event of a failure or high-level questions about the technical implementation of the application (e. g. with regard to the authentication method) for business operations, the protection requirements class is further validated. This also includes information classification.
Tools: Automated question log and Excel-based lists and calculation tools
By different calculations, depending on the answer to the question, there is an assessment of the risk level from very low to very high.
3. Assessment of the application security status
Detection of the current security status: For enquiries on the implementation of controls and countermeasures, brief and well-structured checklists based on best practices and industry standards are recommended. By means of these checklists and further queries, the current implementation status with regard to the respective controls is to be determined in order to specify concrete implementation measures.
Tools: Excel-based checklists and best-practice control catalogues (with suggestions for protective measures on all relevant safety aspects)
4. Countermeasures and controls
Execution of the implementation measures: Depending on the protection requirement class and risk level, different controls and countermeasures are required. There are also clear recommendations as to which measures should be implemented and how high the risk of poor implementation is.
Tools: Excel-based checklists and application-specific control catalogues.
5. Auditing of the implementation of controls and possible further tests
The benefits of Application Security
A holistic implementation of application security and the implementation of associated controls and countermeasures can significantly reduce the risks of an attack on a company’s application and data. In addition, the applications and the underlying IT infrastructure become more fail-safe after successful implementation. By defining clear responsibilities, documentation and emergency plans, applications can be restored more quickly in the event of a disaster. Without application protection, there is a risk of losing business secrets or other sensitive data. In addition, the downtime of a business-critical application can have negative consequences for the maintenance of operation. This again results in monetary damages. The company’s reputation can also be damaged on the part of the market, partners and employees. This can result in high fines due to possible lawsuits and further legal consequences. As described above, we strongly recommend that you take stock of your company’s IT infrastructure and successfully implement Application Security Services in order to create a good starting position for IT security and regulatory requirements in the future.
As a professional partner in the field of application security, Q_PERIOR can support you in making your company, your applications and thus your data more secure.More
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