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Mitigating Application Security Threats With The Cloud

More data and higher stakes are adding to the pressure to maintain bulletproof application security. With the hyper-connected nature of enterprise environments, single outages can wreak widespread havoc extending far beyond the IT department. End-user productivity takes a hit three times harder than IT productivity during an outage. Non-IT/security departments absorb more than half of DDoS attack-related costs with customer support bearing 63 percent of the burden.

At the same time, the volume of traffic has steadily increased, creating more exposure to attacks with qualified help in short supply. One in seven surveyed organizations experienced increased network traffic last year. As a result, 38 percent report delayed problem identification and one-quarter admit reduced visibility into their environments.

Source: https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/resources/whitepapers/application-usage-and-threat-report.html

UDP traffic is used to support streaming and digital media as a lightweight and faster—but less secure and reliable—version of TCP. It lives on all networks as a small volume of very risky traffic. Nearly all malware logs were found in only five (out of 1,317) applications, more than half of which were custom/UDP traffic.

What Are the Threats? 

According to the Open Web Application Security Project, the top culprits endangering application security are:

  1. Lack of patch management
  2. Default passwords for application access
  3. Unnecessarily enabled functionality
  4. Open remote management interfaces
  5. Unsafe configuration
  6. Unencrypted communication
  7. Access control and Separation of Duties (SoD)
  8. Unsecure trust relations
  9. Logging and monitoring

Mitigating Threats With Cloud

On-premises hosting has long been thought of as the safest place for critical applications. However, the 2014 Alert Logic State of Application Security report paints a different picture with cloud-hosted environments proving safer against these common application threats:

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About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Lizetta Staplefoote.

Lizetta Staplefoote is a Rackspace Marketing Copywriter with a decade of experience writing about small business challenges for healthcare, real estate, and technology. Her passion is researching and writing about the impact of cloud computing. When she's not wordsmithing, she enjoys hanging out with her sons, exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, and feeding her music addiction.


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