3 tips for securing web apps as you move to the cloud

3 tips for securing web apps as you move to the cloud

Migrating to the cloud once gave companies a competitive advantage. Now, it’s a critical step for businesses who wish to remain successful. Reduced costs, increased productivity, data compliance, and disaster recovery are just a few of the many reasons 77 percent of businesses have some or all of their enterprise computing infrastructure in the cloud. 

According to a report by International Data Corporation (IDC), businesses who migrated to an enterprise cloud platform experienced a:

  • 94 percent reduction in downtime
  • 51 percent reduction in operational costs
  • 62 percent productivity increase from IT staff

Data security issues in the cloud

With a traditional data center, businesses maintain control over the infrastructure and appliances. In the cloud, businesses must put their trust into a third party. As more and more businesses are switching to cloud-delivered alternatives, the potential for exfiltration of sensitive data and other security issues are becoming an area for concern.

That said, businesses who haven’t moved to the cloud for security reasons are turning a blind eye to shadow IT. 80 percent of workers already use SaaS services with or without the knowledge of their IT department. Uploading documents containing code or other sensitive information to cloud-based services is not uncommon.

Web application attacks on companies like British Airways and Equifax, prove that even large organizations with ample resources are vulnerable. For many, their downfall is relying upon third-party tools that don’t provide sufficient coverage or visibility. Secure data assets and web apps in the cloud with these three tips.

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1. Identify and secure sensitive data

Whether you’re transitioning to a hybrid cloud or from one type of cloud to another, it’s imperative to:

  • Identify where sensitive data exists, including shadow IT
  • Create and enforce a data lifecycle policy
  • Apply appropriate identity and access management (IAM)
  • Use end-to-end encryption, including data at rest, in use, and data in transit
  • Secure APIs within applications

2. Test your controls

Moving to the cloud doesn’t mean outsourcing responsibility. Large companies, such as AWS, Google, and Microsoft, offer robust security, but they’re not infallible. Use automated security validation and testing to ensure cloud-based applications are secure.

  • 80 percent of organizations experience at least one compromised account threat per month
  • 94 percent experience at least one insider threat per month 
  • 92 percent of companies have cloud credentials for sale on the Dark Web

3. Deliver security without impacting performance 

Because today’s web experiences come together in the browser, client-side awareness is essential to detecting potential risks or threats. Unfortunately, every layer of security adds wait time to the overall page response times, and when a visitor is left waiting for a long time, they will often become impatient and either abandon the page or find an alternate (i.e. less-secure) way to accomplish their goal.

Testing security and performance during the design phase can help you avoid headaches after deployment and utilizing performant technologies is important. Generally speaking, unified, cloud-based security solutions often work well together, potentially reducing the number of hops and therefore, delivering a better user experience.

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The web performance you want and the security you need

The Instart Web App and API Protection platform is cloud-based and easy to deploy wherever your applications live, whether transitioning off physical appliances or in the cloud, with the lowest possible latency. Instart provides cloud-based end-to-end security for your entire web environment, including:

  • Out-of-the-box coverage for the OWASP Top 10
  • Protection against bad bots
  • Javascript control over what scripts execute
  • Comprehensive form and cookie protection to prevent data exfiltration
  • Anomaly scoring to reduce false positives and increase detection accuracy
  • Customizable protection for advanced application layer attacks

Organizations who don’t use a cloud-based security solution put their data and reputation at risk. Legacy systems can’t provide visibility or control inside the browser, where customer data is captured and stored. Instart provides real-time data so you can take immediate action on security threats or under-performing code. 

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