How do you protect a company against cyber attacks? This question is now top of the agenda in the boardroom of every organisation. Especially when applications use and store data in the cloud, security becomes a challenging issue. Therefore, security must be considered at every step of the application development process. Software vendors need to take a Zero Trust approach and use state-of-the-art solutions that are built to support security in complex environments. Discover how VMware can help you find a perfect and secure balance between cloud and physical hardware.
The way we use software has changed radically over the years. For many organisations, applications now need to be globally available without compromising security. This is quite challenging for an independent software vendor (ISV) who must ensure that a program can run securely under all conditions, even in remote locations where networks and systems are less stable.
Sometimes software needs to work without internet access and wait for a reliable connection to send data to the cloud. Think of programs used in trains that connect every time the train enters a station. Or a factory that depends on incoming data and cannot risk interruption due to a failing internet connection.
For an ISV, these complex cloud requirements lead to new security risks that have to be taken into account when developing software. Whenever data is transferred over the air, hackers have a chance to attack and intercept sensitive information.
How to improve security
Security is a challenge for software designers but also an opportunity to improve their reputation with customers. After all, companies are looking for the most secure options on the market. So how can you ensure that your products are reliable and secure? First, add security layers to your software and validate them with technical assessments like penetration tests or threat modelling. In addition, be aware that security must be included in every step of the development process. Some vendors only conduct tests when a product is finished and fail to address issues in the design of a program.
As we said, remember that software must work in all circumstances. So make sure that applications are ready to be used in a multi-cloud environment. And finally, do not forget to secure your own infrastructure – especially when you store sensitive data from clients who use an application.
Implement Zero Trust
You need security that has been designed for the complex IT environments of today and tomorrow. So how do you stay ahead of this challenge? Here is where our Insight experts come in. They know the latest developments of top (security) vendors and support you in finding new ways forward and modernising your products and services. The best strategy for providing powerful security is to implement the principles of Zero Trust. As the number of endpoints continues to grow and people need access from many locations, Zero Trust proposes a model that supports the continuous authentication of each user, system and application.
To build applications that run in any cloud and on any device, VMware has the best intrinsic solutions to achieve simpler, faster and smarter security. It allows you to implement Zero Trust with fewer tools and silos, better context, and security that’s built-in and distributed with all control points of users, devices and networks. With VMware, you can assess each security situation correctly, identify gaps and vulnerabilities that require your attention and quickly make the right adjustments. To help you validate the security of an application, Insight can also perform stress tests to find potential problems that need your attention.
Now is the time to act
Since the beginning of the pandemic, cyber threats have been the order of the day. For businesses across the world that use your software, the consequences of a security breach can be devastating. An attack has the potential to spread like wildfire, taking down systems and affecting the entire company and its customers. An incident can never be completely avoided, but designing software that is ready for this complex reality really makes a difference for your clients.
There is no time to lose, as most organisations are now exploring the latest cloud opportunities. So it essential that you future-proof your business and adapt your services if you want to stay in the game. Fortunately, you do not have to do this alone. Insight is here to help you find the innovative and reliable solutions you need. Contact us to learn more about VMware or other tools that are essential to deliver applications in a modern IT infrastructure.