Development and QA teams have to address security issues early in the process, but that’s always a hard sell to management. Here’s one statistic that may make a difference: According to Gartner, 75 percent of hacks happen at the application level.
Most enterprise developers can recite various software architecture layers as though it’s the easy question on the computer science final exam: operating system, application server, Web server, database server, application, network. Providing security at each of these levels is important, and traditionally accountability lies with the network and production staff. However, a few new statistics, offered Wednesday at the Gartner Application Development Summit here, stress new security efforts that development and quality assurance teams must make during the application development life cycle.
According to Theresa Lanowitz, Gartner Inc. research director, the problems of network and physical security within IT have largely been solved, leaving the application layer the most vulnerable. Today, claims Lanowitz, “75 percent of hacks happen at the application.” As a result, companies that don’t take responsibility for security issues during the development process are significantly more likely to experience a catastrophic event.
— Theresa Lanowitz, Gartner Inc. Research Director
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