Ways to prevent the top 5 business security threats

Security breaches again making big news in , but, How well are  you protected? With increasing number of malicious hacking techniques, enterprises should be more cautious about the emerging threats and ways to prevent it. Let’s check out the ways to mitigate your top 5 business security threats.

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In one of our previous blog we discussed about the top 5 business security threats  and now we will discuss the various ways to prevent/ what we can do to mitigate those risks.

Service provider risks: Service providers has become a key vulnerability nowadays. Enterprises should ensure comprehensive risk management and oversight of third-party relationships involving critical activities. Be very careful in selecting a service provider and a continuous monitoring should be carried out in their activities and performance. Enterprises should validate whether the service provider is following security best practices.

Mobile Malware: BYOD poses serious security risks and it is increasing day by day. With a clear BYOD policy in place, organizations can better protect their sensitive data to a great extent. Educate the employees on device expectation and a regular monitoring of the device performance or usage can quickly enable the organization to pinpoint any malware.

IoT risks: The rise of Internet of Things have already sparked concerns about security and data privacy. How to defend the network from threats IoT poses? Enterprises should confirm from the vendors that their products will not succumb to common application vulnerabilities. Network scanning and enumeration should be done on a frequent basis to account for what exactly resides on a network

Mobile payment threats: Hackers have now targeted the various mobile payment systems and therefore upfront analysis and countermeasures are needed to mitigate the risk. Strong assurance from independent trusted third parties as well as the development of, and adherence to, best business practice within the mobile payment ecosystem will be required to prevent threats. Compelling business cases will need to be made for enterprises to retool to accommodate mobile payment technologies such as NFC.

Cyber security breaches: Since cyberspace has become an attractive haunting ground for hackers, companies need to look at it as an opportunity to take the necessary steps to survive and mitigate an attack and potential breach. Cyber security breach can be minimized through often checking of web-facing servers, increased awareness about the system among employees, regular monitoring of anti-virus and anti-malware software etc.

Organizations whether small or medium size need to have a security awareness training among the employees to make them understand how much sensitive information stored in the system. Train employees on security policies and practices. Data encryption, access control, firewall protection, remote backup and regular monitoring on network, systems and user activity  all can help an organization to reduce the security risk to a great extent.

 Stylus guarantees low risk solution on all your projects . We have been in the business of software and web application development for more than 10 years. Our development methodology, our project management skills and adherence to high- quality and low risk solutions assures best results. Contact us here if you are interested in outsourcing projects to Stylus.

Top 5 business security threats in 2015

Data breaches are tremendously increasing and to mitigate the risks organizations need to adopt high level security measures.  So which are the major risks that enterprises should be conscious in the coming year? Here, Stylus take a look at the biggest business security threats that global business will face in 2015.

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We discussed about Mobile Technology Trends and Digital Marketing Trends for 2015, now here is our list of  the top 5 business security threats in 2015.

Service providers become a key vulnerability: As technologies become more specialized and complex, companies are relying and sharing data with third party providers to support and maintain system. These third parties mostly use remote access tools and there are chances that it doesn’t always follow security best practices.  While moving their sensitive data to the cloud, all organizations must know whether the information they are holding about an individual is Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and therefore needs adequate protection.

BYOD Risks: There is a higher risk of data theft when employees use mobile devices to share or access company sensitive data. Various studies reveal mobile security breaches have affected nearly 70% organizations in the past 1 year. BYOD risks stem from both internal and external threats including mismanagement of the device itself, external manipulation of software vulnerabilities and the deployment of poorly tested, unreliable business applications.

The Internet of Things: The rise of objects that connect themselves to internet (IoT)has continued to grow over the years, along with that Internet of Things attacks also move from proof-of-concept to mainstream risks. The security threats of IoT are potentially devastating, security standards of the IoT devices have gone down and attacks on these devices are likely to have nasty real world impact in the coming days.

Mobile Payment System:  Mobile payment system, the new technology is expecting increased risk in 2015. After Apple stormed ahead with Apple Pay, cyber criminals are looking for flaws in the system

Cybercrime: In this increasingly hyper-connected world, cybercrime has emerged as a major threat. Cyberspace has become an attractive hunting ground for hackers nowadays.  Organizations must be prepared for the unpredictable so they have the resilience to withstand unforeseen, high impact events

Along with all these above threats, organizations must realize the human factors, like their own employees, contractors and partners role in security breaches. Organizations must adopt high level security measures to avoid data breaches and conduct regular security examinations to mitigate the risks.

 Stylus guarantees low risk solution on all your projects . We have been in the business of software and web application development for more than 10 years. Our development methodology, our project management skills and adherence to high- quality and low risk solutions assures best results. Contact us here if you are interested in outsourcing projects to Stylus.

HTML5 based Enterprise software for Devices

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13 years ago, Stylusinc was among a growing number of software companies that warmly embraced web applications and what it portended for SMEs. At that time, we were firm in our belief (in spite of the many naysayers) that the web would transform the way software was constructed and deployed. Keep in mind that at the time, websites were seen mainly as a marketing tool, a place where SMEs could put up brochure websites that showed off their products and services, and enterprise applications were all about locally installed Client/ Server applications. How things have changed since then, is plain for all to see.  There is probably no area of business that has not been enabled, in some way, by internet and intranet based applications.
However, neither needs nor technology are static. We quickly moved from Client /Server Architecture as the predominant approach to a 3-tier, and subsequently n-tier Web architecture.  With web services and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) coming to the scene, it became possible to separate the layers and the functionality, both logically and physically.
Mobile computing, however, has opened up a whole new landscape for interactivity, and pervasive computing. The first generation of native mobile apps made sure that our smartphones became our personal productivity enhancement and entertainment) tool of choice. We predict that the next generation of mobile apps will follow a Device/ Cloud architecture, which will allow users of mobile devices (both smartphones and tablet devices) to seamlessly connect to cloud based enterprise applications.  This is because with the release of HTML5 with offline application caching, two major issues have been addressed –
  1. The first issue is that of data security. Although today, web applications have overcome this problem, mobile applications have been hampered by the fact that they still store data locally on the device. Unlike a computer, mobile devices are most often personal devices, and storing sensitive enterprise information on them opens the risk of data leakage. Itis, of course possible for users to use web applications using browsers on mobile devices, but this often leads to another second issue.
  2. The second issue is one of connectivity. Although web applications can be accessed via mobile devices, mobile devices by their very nature are devices that are expected to be mobile. This makes them especially prone to connectivity disruptions, and makes them so unstable, that for all practical purposes, they are not useful data input devices for any enterprise requirement.
In order to address this, Stylusinc has come up with its unique Device/Cloud Architecture, a way of constructing software using HTML5 ’s offline app and data caching, that allows the enterprise to take advantage of the online data store benefit of web applications, while still providing for the seamless, responsive and interactive experience of a regular client application. Our applications behave much like client server applications, except that they run off the browser, and no data is stored on the client.  By using HTML5 ’s Offline App and Data caching feature, Stylus has already launched a number of applications that allow for users to access, upload and save large amounts of information without having to worry about whether the device is connected to the online server or not.
If this is something you think you can leverage, or if this has been a problem that’s given you sleepless nights, talk to us. We’ll give you a solution that gets the job done, and allows you a good night’s sleep.