Why You Can’t Afford To Ignore Your Software Security
Mention computer security and most people will immediately think of malicious computer viruses and the protection software used to combat them, but did you know software security is something else completely? Cyber security is designed to protect computers and operating systems, whereas software security is implemented to protect software against malicious attacks and other hacking risks so that it continues to function correctly.
While most companies are well versed in cyber security and have proper measures in place, a shockingly small percentage properly look after their software security, and as such are highly vulnerable to a range of costly and damaging attacks. As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a reality and software is embedded in everything from cars to household products, proper software security isn’t an option anymore - it’s a necessity.
Where do software security weaknesses come from?
Most software security vulnerabilities are a result of undetected coding errors made in the development stage. This can include writing code that’s vulnerable to injection and overflow attacks, insecurely storing user passwords and data, not protecting backups, failing to properly validate data before using it and not deleting data that is no longer needed just to name a few examples.
Compounding this problem is the fact that lots of companies don’t actually have dedicated software security departments. They have development teams and network security departments, each of whom assume that software security is the other’s responsibility. This means that it is frequently overlooked.
What does this mean for you?
We hate the be the bearers of bad news, but this means that you can’t be sure that the software that you’re operating is 100% secure. Many developers for software in highly specialised fields mistakenly think that because it isn’t used by that many people (compared to something like Windows) it won’t be a target for hackers.
This lack of a security-first approach is why many analysts, law enforcement agencies and researchers have warned that embedded software and connected devices could well be the source of the next wave of cybercrime.
What can you do about it?
Thankfully there is something that you can do to ensure your software security. A thorough software security audit will review your software code and update it to the required level. That way you can rest assured that you’re as protected as you possibly can be and minimise your risk of costly malicious software hacks.
We can help!
As leaders in the software security realm, we here at Lateral can provide you with the software security auditing that your business needs to remain safe. As threats to software security are constantly changing, we recommend that this is something that you do on a regular, scheduled basis to ensure your software security in the long term.
Want to learn more about the murky world of software security? Give us a call today! We can put our years of expertise to good use ensuring that your business is as protected and secure as possible.
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