With the sudden and widespread increase in the number of security threats and attacks happening on enterprises worldwide, the enterprise security product market is burgeoning like never before. Experts estimate the network security market to hit $7.32 billion and the cloud security market to reach $68.5 billion by 2025.
Since every organization today is looking to implement the latest and most modern enterprise security solution to safeguard their business from evolving threats, the pressure on those that make these products is extremely high. Not only do they have to build products with up-to-date features; they also need to ensure they are able to bring these products to organizations as quickly as possible.
Storing the secrets in a secret management tool is one of the solutions. There are multiple secret management tools in market like Hashicorp Vault, AWS Secret Manager, Cloud KMS, Confidant etc. Communication to these tools will usually be through APIs. There will be keys to authenticate to the secret management tool like Vault. In the configuration files we have to save these keys. Using secret management tool, we can avoid storing the database credentials in plaintext in configuration files.
But given how complex enterprise security products are, how can they achieve faster time to market?
Unlike consumer security products that require only a few security boxes to be ticked during the development phase, enterprise security products are extremely complex to develop and secure because they are susceptible to a wider range of threats and risks. These include broken authentication, security misconfigurations, SQL injections, cross-site scripting, improper platform usage, insecure authentication, code tampering, and more.
Since enterprise security products offer an array of new and evolving capabilities and integrate with numerous other systems, they need to be secured at every level: from database (data at rest & data in motion) and web server to network, browser, application, and even the user. If not done properly, they can lead to several security breaches that would eventually impact customer satisfaction and brand reputation while also causing humongous revenue losses.
Although carrying out countless levels of testing might seem to delay time-to-market, a poor approach to testing can prove to be extremely perilous. By restricting security checks to a handful, you might be able to deliver your products to customers quickly, but they won’t meet the required levels of quality or security, and won’t solve the actual purpose of these products – to safeguard organizations from emerging threats and risks.
If enterprise security products do not deliver on their promises, winning back the trust and confidence of customers and building back the reputation can be a long and arduous journey, which is why it is important to develop these products with a security-first mindset.
Embracing a comprehensive security testing framework, ensuring verification and assurance across all layers of the application including infrastructure, simulating real-world threat scenarios through penetration testing, taking a proactive approach to finding vulnerabilities, and taking necessary corrective measures are different ways in which enterprise security products can keep up with expectations while enabling the companies that build these products to achieve faster time-to-market.
That said, here are 5 tips to keep in mind:
Enterprise security has become a priority for businesses across the world. Ensuring the right level of enterprise security requires quick adoption of the right products, which, given the current pace of global disruption, is extremely difficult. Striking the right balance between product quality and time-to-market requires development organizations to stay abreast with the latest trends, engage in multiple levels of security testing, automate workflows, embrace system-level engineering and ensure the right driver development.
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