In the testing industry, while all domains are equal and important, there is always a certain bias for specific domains such as BFSI, health care, which take more weightage than the others. And this is a no brainer.
Testing to ensure applications are fully functional, meet the core requirements and user expectations has absolutely become the bare minimum today. There are a lot more critical pieces that a quality team and a product team need to ensure before sign off from non-functional requirements as well as compliance standpoints. One such area is app security or let’s say mobile app security or further still security testing for banking apps in the mobile world. A security breach today is a huge adverse hit from varied standpoints – client data, product reputation and often times even legal repercussions. Read more »
Security Testing Services has been picking a lot of deserved momentum in the recent years. Organizations are very particular in ensuring applications are tested for non-functional areas too – especially app security, performance, accessibility, before going live. Mostly short test passes, security testing is taken up by a group of subject matter experts who test the application ethically for various vulnerabilities, to ensure the application is mitigated, should security attacks arise.
Change is inevitable, change is the only constant – these are fairly proverbial that we have all heard. However when it comes to careers, is there a magic number for how frequent is too frequent, or what’s a good duration to latch on to one area. Read more »
Cybercrimes are on the rise. One then, needs to be wise in making judicious decisions regarding the web. With the numbers rising over the years, the cost of cybercrime damages has been estimated up to $6 trillion annually by 2021. The most vulnerable out of the many is the ecommerce domain which faces the maximum brunt of cyber-attacks in this day and age. Read more »
With the Winter Olympics in full force since its opening ceremony on 9th February, the unwarranted issue of a cyber-attack on the main Pyeongchang 2018 website caused a pandemonium amongst users who weren’t able to access any information or even print their tickets for the various events. The cause may, however, be controversially linked with the Russian Olympic committee’s involvement in the same since they were banned to be a part of the games, another area that gets highlighted here is of the growing importance of security testing. Read more »
With Apple’s confirmation on Meltdown and Spectre, the two major CPU security bugs, causing the slowdown in Mac and all iOS devices, one ponders the impact on users, especially considering more than a billion of iPhones that are already in use. With such a number, the issues accorded to the performance of devices amplifies the need of testing and of ensuring that the bugs are thoroughly accounted for, since the probability of more bugs in an already infested system increases ever so. Read more »
Web Security Testing has become hugely in demand in the last few years for understandable reasons. Cyber crimes, vulnerabilities being exploited, threats going undetected have all dampened the user confidence in the digital world especially for sensitive transactions, although on the other hand digital revolution is touching newer heights. As practitioners of software quality, app security testing is also a core service we provide. We have increasingly been seeing that an application’s security is not just strong by implementation but also by end user usage.
Granted that a tight security designed and implemented upfront closes a lot of doors in lack of secure usage but a user has his/her share of role to play too. For example, it is alarming to see that even in today’s age of digital awareness, the worst secure passwords for 2017 are ones that even kids would know not to use. Similarly, misuse in sharing information, lack of secure modes of operation especially in open office spaces, lack of using secure networks when accessing digital information on the go, are just some examples of where users let the leash loose from a security angle.
This year, there will be more focus on security at varied levels – web, network, API – organizations that have a bad security reputation will certainly take a hit at an overall market positioning. Web security testing will be on the rise. Security will become a critical non-functional attribute in making a release decision call too. But that said, from an engineering stand point of design and implementation, users have to be more secure in how they operate. They will have to help empower and educate people in their known circles who may not be very digital or security savvy, because end of the day, the security of the digital world is equally in our hands – we are all not just engineers and end users, but also end user advocates for other digital apps to ensure the cyber world is increasingly secure and perpetrators are kept under constant vigil and check.
As the industry moves along and catches the wave of DevOps, specific attributes are certainly also catching on – one such focus area being DevSecOps – as the name implies, Security in the world of DevOps. Until a few years ago, security was all about the Top 10 OWASP web vulnerabilities. While that largely still reigns in the world of security testing, product teams have started looking beyond and acknowledging the need, especially for web services and network security testing, as part of app security testing efforts.
Digitization is nothing new in today’s world. Digital solutions reign in every domain, geography and are increasingly knowing no bounds. But this “increasingly knowing no bounds” is the scary part. With the advent of cloud computing, there is unimaginable volumes of data out on the cloud. And even the slightest of the security breaches in such data exposes a huger risk to several entities at stake. One may think that this is more of an issue with smaller players in the cloud space and one is rather secure using solutions from the more established and big players. While players big and small, equally acknowledge and recognize the need for security, the big players are increasingly emphasizing the need tighter security as hacks are on the rise. This becomes especially important for domains such as finance, health care, where the tolerance for any issue, especially a security issue is zero. Read more »
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