Digital connectivity is one of the most prevalent features of the Middle East. The region is also most susceptible to cyber threats due to its high internet usage and digital collateral. Recently, most companies have lost millions of dollars in business due to data breaches.
Loss of competitive advantages, such as if competitors discover your pricing strategy. Cybersecurity is the prevention of cybercrime. Because technology and web development are always evolving. Cybercriminals are also becoming more adept at devising novel and complex attack strategies. Despite the skillful development of a website, hackers always find a way in. The importance of strong cybersecurity systems can’t be overstated.
The lack of enterprise mobile application security has made many mobile devices and applications vulnerable to various malicious activities. A rise in data breaches has been reported in recent years due to insecure mobile application development. Here are some effective methods for app developers to secure mobile applications and protect themselves from cyber threats. The following are a few cyber threats that web application developers must be aware of.
Maintain Regular Testing
Contrary to popular belief, app security is a process that begins during the development phase. However, it never ends. One thing you should know is that cybercriminals are never tired, they are always working hard to frustrate mobile app users. As a result, developers must never give up on preventing attacks. Developers are occasionally expected to devise strategies to combat new threats. Continuous testing is one of the best ways for web development companies to protect their apps. Don’t wait until an attack occurs before taking security precautions. Regularly test security updates and patches to determine when they are appropriate.
Use secure code for web apps
When it comes to dealing with cyber threats for mobile applications, a developer’s biggest flaw has always been coding. In general, attackers find it simple to compromise an app with bugs and vulnerabilities in its code. When the code is pure, safe, and secure, an app is 50% less vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Companies and developers should avoid using generic or public codes to prevent these threats. Hacker code is already plenty on the internet. The crooks have successfully obtained this app once an unsuspecting developer uses infectious code.
To that end, businesses should use secure code in their development projects. Last but not least, writing your code is preferred to hardening it. Every developer should prioritize code security above all else. You can keep hackers from rewriting it by obfuscating and minifying your code.
It is expected to conduct regular testing and respond quickly when a bug is discovered. The best secure code can be easily updated and patched. This emphasizes the importance of code agility.
To prevent or quickly respond to current web threats, a web developer must know all the current threats out there. In addition to common threats, others are newer and more complex. Staying on top of the current threats will help you secure your websites and apps.
No code is bulletproof against threats, which is the most important thing to understand. Hackers will eventually be able to breach your app despite all the codes, security protocols, firewalls, and other protections.
Are there cybersecurity risks in web development?
Cybercriminals are also becoming more adept at devising novel and complex attack strategies. Hackers always find a new way in, no matter how well website developers develop and design it. This is why having a strong cybersecurity system is critical. The following are some cyber threats to web app development.
1. Site-to-Site Scripting
Today, approximately 66% of all web apps are susceptible to cross-site scripting.
Cross-site scripting allows hackers to disrupt sessions, steal user passwords, and even bypass multi-factor authentication. This is extremely dangerous and effective because they attempt to hijack the user’s browser by exploiting software flaws.
2. Sensitive data exposure
Data exposure is the company’s greatest fear. Although hackers are skilled at breaking into networked and software systems, as a developer, you must also consider how you will safeguard critical assets.
If you leave the door unlocked, hackers will gain access. You must use strong encryption practices when storing personal or sensitive data online, including addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, credit card numbers, and employee names.
3. Insecure authentication
Authentication is used by all websites, apps, and online services to enable users to log in. But not all forms of authentication are made equal. The most popular, but also one of the easiest targets for hackers, are usernames and passwords.
They can break even long, safe passwords using technologies like brute force, credential stuffing, and bots, to obtain access to user accounts. Passwords are not a future-proof strategy, to put it simply.
Threat severity in IT firms
During the quarter of 2021, there were an average of 925 cyber attacks per week per organization worldwide, with 408 attacks in the UAE. Throughout the pandemic, the UAE saw a 250% increase in cyber attacks in 2020, including 1.1 million phishing attacks, the most common method for carrying out ransomware attacks. As a result, ransomware threat groups increased significantly, with more than 33% of new ransomware threat groups affecting 78% of UAE organizations in 2020.
IT firms and businesses are under immense pressure after a ransomware attack to recover their operations. They must choose between paying the ransom or going through the time-consuming and complex process of trying to recover and restore the application that runs the data after a ransomware attack. Unless proper cleanup is performed, companies are at risk of repeat attacks.
In the future, mobile app developers should prioritize cybersecurity. Ransomware groups and trends are not exclusive to the UAE, they provide a useful test case for understanding how the Middle East, with its rapidly developing economies, can better prepare for security threats caused by new technologies. Keeping up with the evolving threat landscape is crucial because ransomware is constantly changing and becoming more prevalent. Since the pandemic, they are looking for vulnerabilities in platforms such as AWS and Azure to exploit.
This is already happening, with 70% of UAE businesses reporting ransomware attacks on customer data. Furthermore, ransomware is unlikely to be the end of this dynamic, and innovation will inevitably result in new threats and challenges. Cyber crooks will follow cyber security advances, leveraging new technologies and trying to stay ahead of defenses as cyber security advances.
Cybersecurity is a complex and difficult issue that necessitates a multifaceted approach in many web app development companies. Technology and software are just a part of it. All of it boils down to people, processes, policies, and cultures. Cybersecurity services are an integral part of our comprehensive approach to preventing, detecting, and recovering from security breaches.