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The Need For Proactive Security

By Evan Fromberg, Senior Director of Channel Sales and Business Development, Veracode

We are only half way through 2014, and I can already state with confidence that the number of security breaches making headlines this year will continue to increase. More than 50 percent of all breaches will be caused by an application-layer breach, and the most common form of application-layer breach is an attack on a website. Here, cyber-criminals focus on insecure web applications to gain access to company systems and data. The prevailing belief that only large organizations are targets of web-application attacks has been proven false. The recently released 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report states that one-third of all breaches occur in companies with fewer than 250 employees. As a result, code level insecurities in web sites are no longer an issue for only the largest organizations with dedicated information security teams; SMBs to large enterprises must take action to proactively secure their web sites.

Rackspace Cloud users should pay particular attention to vulnerabilities in web applications to ensure they protect their web sites; especially those that rely on commonly breached content management systems (CMS) such as Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. Security has evolved beyond detection and prevention technologies that traditionally helped protect the network. It is now more proactive. It is now the identification of code level flaws that is widely regarded as a proper first step in reducing risk and preventing vulnerabilities. Once the flaws are found, there are multiple mitigation options such as fixing the code, upgrading the CMS or deploying a Web Application Firewall (WAF).

At Veracode, we help our customers secure web and mobile applications they are building, as well as work with companies to secure the third party software they are procuring. We are passionate about helping secure the world’s software, and working with our customers and partners to achieve this goal. Veracode’s cloud-based service makes it easier for you to secure your web applications without having to deal with the complexity and expertise required to install and configure on-premises tools.

We are excited that we’ve been a Rackspace Marketplace partner for several years. Helping organizations ensure their most sensitive data and IP is secure will lead to a great cloud experience with Rackspace. Customers who rely on Rackspace have a variety of partners to help make that experience a secure one. Veracode is glad to be one of these options.

To learn more about application threats visit the Rackspace Marketplace at or Veracode at

This is a guest post written and contributed by Evan Fromberg, Senior Director of Channel Sales and Business Development at Veracode, a Rackspace Marketplace partner.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Evan Fromberg.

Evan Fromberg is the Senior Director of worldwide channels and business development with Veracode, the most powerful application security platform on the planet. With more than a decade of experience working with channel partners, Fromberg is responsible for leading Veracode's worldwide partner program and was named a 2011, 2012 and 2013 CRN Channel Chief. Prior to joining Veracode, Fromberg was the North American channel director at Fortinet where he led the company's field channel sales teams. Previous to that, Fromberg held various sales and business development roles at companies including 3Com Corporation, AT&T Canada and US Robotics. Fromberg holds two bachelor's degrees in Political Science and one in Organization Behavior and Management from Brown University in Providence, RI.

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