Web Application Security on the rise as 2013 comes to an end

Almost a third of all security breaches are against web applications, and web applications and databases have the most records compromised yearly. So why aren’t applications being better protected?

Verizon came to this information after looking at 47,000 reported security incidents and 621 breaches this year, detailed in the Verizon 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report.

Attackers are fond of web applications for several reasons. They are easy to exploit and provide a portal to significant amounts of sensitive enterprise data.

CSO and CIO magazines along with PricewaterhouseCoopers conducted the 2012 Global Information Security Survey and found that out of the sample, only 35 percent of executives even incorporated application security in their internal security programs.

Although it seems to have traditionally taken a back seat in enterprise security policies, application security is starting to gain attention as high profile web application -based attacks become increasingly prominent. Application Security professionals are in high demand and the trend does not show any sign of slowing.

There is now software to bolster secure application lifecycle management. This type of tool generally guides programmers to include best practices regarding security into the development process.  The intent is to eliminate vulnerabilities in the software prior to its release.

Identifying vulnerabilities in the development process is obviously the best way to reduce costs and eliminate complication later on in the design and use of the application, but software unfortunately cannot catch every possible security hole.

Several companies in the Greater L.A. Area are looking for skilled application security professionals to secure their organizations’ most highly targeted applications. Skills like secure code review, application security testing, and programming knowledge, as well as familiarity with the OWASP Top 10 security threats are vital to organizations’ security posture.

Tiro Security, a leading provider of IT Security jobs Los Angeles, is currently looking for application security professionals looking for a challenging opportunity in a fast-paced environment. Please apply via our site if this is something that interests you.