Hyperguarding your Web Applications

Cloud Applications are Highly Exposed to Threats

Posted by hyperguard on August 5, 2009

Accessing cloud technologies requires a thin-client, and the world’s most commonly used thin-client for this purpose is a web browser. This means the vast majority of all applications on the Internet have some kind of web and / or application server on which the business logic is implemented. Currently, most of the money spent on security goes into firewalls and antivirus solutions, but in the last 10 years the typical target for attacks has shifted from the network layer to the application layer because the operating systems and services available to the general public were cut down. As a result, it is now easier to target the application logic or framework of an application than the actual server behind the hardened network perimeter. Applications are mostly developed by the businesses themselves and not every developer considers security the highest priority, which leads to a wide variety of problems.

The IBM X-Force® 2008 Annual Report highlights that web application vulnerabilities are the Achilles’ Heel for corporate IT security. The impact of not being able to secure these vulnerabilities is far reaching.

Stay tuned for thoughts and details on this topic.

Cumulative Count of Web Application Vulnerabilities

Vulnerabilities Consequences as a Percentage

Images 1 & 2: Cumulative Count & Vulnerability Consequences – source IBM X-Force®

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