Three Ways To Improve Your Application Security Posture

Today, we increasingly depend on applications rather than hardware to grow our businesses. In fact, according to the 2017 State of Application Security survey performed by training and research firm SANS, 43% of organizations push out changes to their applications daily, weekly, or even continuously. 

Cybersecurity teams are finding it difficult to keep up with agile sprint planning, the move to the cloud, application containers, infrastructure-as-code, and many other capabilities that accelerate the app development process. It doesn’t help that executives (and even cybersecurity practitioners) often have a very different understandings of application security and compliance requirements. These competing priorities can lead to spending in the wrong places and a lower return on investment. 

To more clearly assess potential threats, your organization needs to test and audit its processes, its people, and its technologies. One of the most basic requirements is to measure application security with penetration testing. Web “pen testing” involves performing a simulated attack on your business applications, identifying vulnerabilities in the system, and recommending fixes. An expert third party can accomplish these goals more easily (and often more cost-effectively) to keep you ahead of the most aggressive attacks. 

At NorthState Technology Solutions, our approach helps to assess your security posture and plan investments to maximize application ROI.

Thanks to our best-in-class engineers, who hold 17 advanced specializations and certifications, we define metrics for decision makers and operations teams to plan and prioritize investments. This is accomplished through three types of services:

  • Penetration Testing: Our experts perform an authorized simulated attack on your business applications and access controls to evaluate system security
  • Risk Assessment: In-depth reviews of potential adversaries, controls, and disaster scenarios to ensure your data remains both available and confidential
  • Consultation: Planning, design, and architecting of overall application strategies to create a system secured from the backbone to the mobile client

NorthState Technology Solutions backs all assessments with a 100% money back guarantee for the scope of work. 

Testing is customized to your environment but always includes a search for the OWASP Top 10 Web Vulnerabilities (SQL Injection, Cross Site Scripting and Request Forgeries, etc.). Automated and manual tests seek to circumvent workflow controls and bypass user role limitations, addressing many “what if” scenarios that other organizations do not consider. Unlike other companies, NorthState not only creates exploits, but acts as a consultant to debrief your team on how to prevent it from happening again. We can also provide forensics services as a separate offering. 

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