Most organizations are overwhelmed to secure their applications due to escalating amount of vulnerabilities and lack of resources. The number of XSS and SQL Injection vulnerabilities, which dominate in Web applications until today, serve a prime example for lack of security. Main barriers that organizations face are:
- Numerous vulnerabilities: Every Web application can have hundreds of vulnerabilities. Since companies have many applications, total number of vulnerabilities can add up rapidly, which often overwhelms an organization. More often than not, an organization is faced with the challenge with no solution in sight or a clear plan on where to begin.
- Compliance checkbox: Many companies are worried about compliance with PCI, HIPAA, GLBA, SOX, and other regulatory standards. Many vendors give a compliance checkbox to companies, but forget about gaping holes in the infrastructure, which is a major security thread.
- Lack of Development Resources: Even with the right intentions, most companies do not have enough development resources to get new applications out in time. In this competitive era, time-to-market is more critical than ever before. Most developers barely have time to finish their coding and get it through functional and performance testing to meet their deadlines. They don’t have any time to add time for secure coding or for fixing security vulnerabilities.
- Lack of Expertise: Most companies lack expertise in secure coding so even if they wanted to fix vulnerabilities it might not be as easy without the appropriate skill-set in the company.
- Lack of Knowledge: Even though there has been a lot of publicity around various hacks, some very prominent, there is still a lack of awareness around application security issues. Many people believe that patching some of the Web servers would fix everything while others think that installing a Web Application Firewall (WAF) will solve all of their problems. The reality is that there are no short-cuts to application security. Yes, patches to Web servers are required. And, WAFs can help you block some of the vulnerabilities in the short term but you still have to have an ongoing process for fixing the root cause problems.
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