Customer-Facing Web, Mobile Apps Pose Highest Security Risk: Study

by CXOtoday News Desk    Dec 04, 2017


Cybersecurity is a key concern in the entire IT ecosystem in this new era of technology. With the coming of enhanced technologies like Cloud, IoT, Big Data and such others, enterprises are facing new security challenges at almost every phase.

Customer-facing web and mobile applications present the highest security risk to businesses in Asia Pacific, finds a new study by Synopsys.  In addition, 48 percent of those surveyed highlighted the lack of skilled security personnel or training as one of the biggest challenges to implementing an application security program.  

The survey is conducted among 244 IT professionals.

“It is not surprising that web and mobile applications represent such a high risk to businesses in Asia, as they often process highly sensitive information and cyberattacks targeting them are increasing in sophistication in the region. To effectively address cyber threats, software companies need to move beyond reactive measures by implementing software security initiatives that embrace the fundamentals of software integrity and proactively build security and quality into their software development lifecycle (SDLC),” said, Geok Cheng Tan, managing director of Asia Pacific for the Synopsys Software Integrity Group.

Here are the other key findings of the survey:

·  A total of 54 percent of the respondents viewed customer-facing web and mobile applications as the areas presenting the highest security risk to businesses, followed closely by embedded and IoT systems at 20 percent. Desktop applications and internal-facing web applications were represented at 16 percent and 10 percent respectively.

·  Aside from the technical challenges in securing customer-facing web applications, 38 percent of professionals identified protection of customer data and intellectual property (IP) as paramount, while 12 percent suggested regulatory compliance.

·  66 percent of the respondents have a strategy in place in the event of a security incident. 16 percent said they did not, while 18 percent suggested that they are unsure. This suggests that nearly one-fourth of the respondents (24 percent) remains unprepared in the face of a cyberattack.

·  82 percent of those surveyed have received some form of cyber security training, which underlines the importance of cyber security and the need to better understand the threat landscape.