The rapid evolution of digital technology has meant that businesses have had to adapt at high speed to both the demands and opportunities presented by online trading and communication. It is unwise even to think of standing still as one layer of revolution follows another: we have now entered a world where mobile is king and cloud-computing is now the norm. When Microsoft 365 is advertising on primetime television, it becomes impossible to ignore the fact that the world is running on applications. They are coming to dominate every aspect of our lives, from entertainment to education to healthcare, and in commerce they have set a new standard. In that sense, every business is now a de facto software company
But just as bandits on the highway were once a threat to trade, so too are today’s businesses engaged in a never-ending fight against criminals who would exploit weaknesses to appropriate wealth and valuable data. Companies are developing apps to enable easier customer interaction but also to simplify and automate their own internal business processes. The pace of change means that applications are developed at ever greater speeds and third-party software is regularly deployed to augment company IT systems. An obvious danger arises due not only to the speed of the activity but also because of the near-impossibility of screening and verifying the security credentials of all the software that is being co-opted.
The greatest application security risks
Why you should use an application management service
Security, more than any other element, is the measure by which an app stands or falls, not just because of the risk of loss but also because of your compliance obligations. An application security company can cast a fresh eye over the applications you routinely use as well as helping with the development of new ones. It can help your various teams in development, security and operations to work together in the design, management and configuration of software solutions, it can provide intensive training to your workforce in security and development and it can provide modelling and trust services to conduct detailed inspections of security architecture and the resilience and capability of apps in withstanding threats. Penetration testing simulates cyber-attacks to expose weaknesses and skilled data security specialists can devise and implement protections in both internal apps and your company’s interface with the cloud environment.
Because today’s applications are accessed across a diversity of networks as well as via the cloud, maintaining consistent security at every interface is a major challenge. At Gradeon, we prioritise security concerns in all our consultancy work. We can provide a comprehensive application management service to audit the security of the apps that you rely on for the smooth and effective running of your business. We can devise solutions for authentication, authorisation, encryption and accurate logging, which makes the task of tracking down the source of a breach much easier. When it comes to the cloud, we understand the special nature of the challenges posed by the use of shared resources and we can set strict parameters for users, access and authority. Let Gradeon test, assess and improve your application security so you can be supremely confident that you are trading safely, efficiently and legally.