CyberSecurityTips #17: How do we design a secure application?

When it comes to developing a secure application, there are a number of factors to consider. First and foremost, you need to understand the threat landscape and identify the risks that are relevant to your specific application. Once you have done that, you need to put in place the appropriate security controls to mitigate those risks.

There are a wide variety of security controls that can be employed, and the most effective security strategy will typically use a combination of controls. Some of the more common security controls that are used include:

Authentication and authorization controls - these controls ensure that only authorised users can access your application and data.

Data encryption  - this control ensures that data is protected from unauthorised access, both in transit and at rest.

Access control - this control limits what users can do within your application. For example, you may want to allow some users to view data but not edit it.

Activity monitoring - this control allows you to monitor activity within your application so that you can identify suspicious behaviour.

These are just some of the more common security controls that are used. When selecting the appropriate security controls for your application, you need to consider a number of factors, including the type of data being processed, the environment in which the application will be deployed, and the threat landscape.