Cyber Security

How to Protect Modern Application Architecture

Adopting a modern application architecture is crucial to business success. Furthermore, it is a significant driver of profit growth in today’s digital economy. The progress within modern application development is paving the way for security vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, security teams in many organizations often overlook these vulnerabilities. In this article at Help Net Security, Erez Yalon explains the threats of modern application architecture.

Application Threats

Third-Party Libraries

Application developers often integrate third-party libraries, open sources, and assets. As a  result, the threat actors are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in the most commonly used libraries. Securing libraries is significantly challenging for modern app developers due to their exponential use.


Attackers target a group of compromised network devices under centralized control. Botnets contain devices from a large number of IP addresses. With increased sophistication, cybercriminals employ multiple botnets to penetrate a network under a DDoS attack.

“In order to maintain a more proactive and defensive approach, security professionals need to consider instilling new testing regiments and processes to remain ahead of the curve and ensure their respective organizations remain protected on their watch,” says Yalon. How do you stay secure?

Staying Ahead of the Curve

A best practice to avoid application attacks is incorporating security concerns in your app development’s conception and design phases. Developers must integrate security stories in the proposed architecture. One of the biggest challenges for IT teams is identifying different components within the modern application architecture. Security professionals must implement a distinct set of best practices for each component to protect the entire application. Furthermore, the security teams must test the application in its entirety rather than separately testing each app component. This enables the testers to understand how the app operates and communicates. Additionally, the process will highlight the vulnerable points at an early phase. Teams can also avoid handling identified security flaws just before the release.

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