Software Security Risks

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29Aug, 2018
Every North American business or organization with an online presence needs to consider risks to software and cybersecurity. The growing number of cyber-attacks puts individuals, governments, and companies all at…

Software Security Risks

Every North American business or organization with an online presence needs to consider risks to software and cybersecurity. The growing number of cyber-attacks puts individuals, governments, and companies all at risk. A successful attack can compromise financial and personal information of many people, leading to severe consequences.


Securing a system should be taken on two fronts.  The steps and measures you put in place to protect and prevent a breach from occurring and those taken to mitigate and control a breach when it does occur.  Threats are constantly evolving and often security software is left in a position to catch up.  When those gaps occur is usually where an infection is able to get through and take hold.  To prevent such a catastrophe, businesses often implement cybersecurity software without being entirely certain what risks there are to their system’s software. A good thing to consider is to seek out and identify weaknesses within a system in order to make a more informed decision. From there one can identify what crucial aspects should be present in any cybersecurity measures that are then implemented.  Once the doors and windows are locked, look to the systems on the inside to put up barriers to prevent infection from spreading and having a good backup system to recover easily and quickly.



Understanding Software Risks



The main concern, regarding risks in software, is the likelihood of unforeseen events and their potential to cause chaos or loss within an organization or business. As such, risk management has become paramount in cybersecurity software development. This is especially because most businesses with a large online presence are employing more applications, in multiple tiers, across more than one type of technology.



Prevention Over Reaction



In an online world with an ongoing roster of risks and threats, it is not enough that cybersecurity software tackles problems as they occur. Instead, prevention has become the most crucial aspect in ensuring seamless, uninterrupted performance as well as getting the most out of related applications and systems. To that end, in order to find cybersecurity best tailored to the situation, you need to be aware of hidden or obscure weaknesses within online infrastructure, such as:


  • Ongoing degradation of performance
  • Issues with stability
  • Lessening efficiency
  • Weaknesses in security
  • System flaws


Doing this type of system risk assessment lets companies identify potential security risks and recognize which require immediate attention and which are not as severe. From there, these risks can then be addressed accordingly.



Prioritize Critical Risks



Rather than implementing a blanket solution where every potential risk is afforded the same amount of time and money, it is a far better idea to prioritize the risks that are deemed most critical. Other, less severe issues can be addressed later. It is a good idea to follow the original risk assessment as high-risk areas should be examined more often than lower risk areas.



Examine Existing Security Measures



Most companies are by now aware that cyber-attacks and other associated risks are an inherent part of doing business online. Due to this, most have likely already implemented some type of cybersecurity measures, and not without considerable cost. Putting cybersecurity measures in place, as well as maintaining them, can be a significant ongoing expense.


For that reason, simply replacing an existing cybersecurity system may lead to additional and unnecessary expenses. Instead, it makes the most sense to evaluate any existing security measures to see what can be done. It is possible that outdated software and related systems may simply need to be upgraded to meet the current standard in cybersecurity.



Examine, Determine, and Plan



Software security risks are different for each company, and as such risk assessments will vary greatly in what is examined and the results found. The most effective course of action in ensuring cybersecurity is to examine systems to find risks, determine which risks are the most critical, and then plan to find a way to bolster security measures.






Having a security breach may simply be a matter of time.  Threats are continually being adapted and modified by those who seek a way into your systems.  And even with a secure and stable cybersecurity infrastructure there are still risks.  Often those are the staff that use those systems.  When someone mistakenly clicks on an email that contains malicious software it can then become too late and you are into recovery mode.  It is then critical to ensure that security measures have been put into place to limit exposure, such as not allowing administration level controls at the desktop.  Then it is important to have a robust backup and recovery system to allow for quick recovery once the breach has been closed and the infection cleaned up.



If your security systems need to be reviewed or upgraded so you can have better peace of mind, call your security experts at Longhurst Consulting in Central Alberta.


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