5 Top Tips to Make Sure Your Oracle Application is Secure
Data breaches are scary and can easily cost your company millions of dollars. Here are five of our team’s top tips to make sure your application is secure.
For most companies, the idea of a data breach is more than just a little frightening—it’s downright terrifying. According to IBM, the average cost of dealing with one rose to a whopping $3.92 million. And that figure doesn’t even take into account the reputation damage and loss of future business.
Thankfully, there are numerous steps you can take to prevent this type of issue from happening to you. Here are five of our top tips to make sure your application is secure.
Tip #1: Have a Solid Plan
The first thing you need to do to ensure your application is secure is to have a solid plan. Decide how your team needs to keep data safe and take steps to put these protocols in place. This might take a bit of brainstorming as to how industry standard regulations best fit into your overall picture, but in the end, protecting your systems is vital.
And, if your team isn’t up to standard in terms of knowledge in making this happen, make sure to build in time for education. The absolute worst thing you can do is rush changes without understanding the more significant scope of why they matter.
Tip #2: Understand the Importance of Security Governance
It is also essential to understand the importance of security governance—i.e., the protocols you have in place and monitoring to help ensure goals are being met. After all, if you don’t have oversight on what you’re doing to protect data, you cannot make changes as needed or even prove that you’ve made an effort if an incident ever happens.
Common considerations that you need to pay attention to include:
- When new users are hired;
- When existing users leave the company;
- Employee job transfers;
- Policies for adequate passwords and code generation;
- Security audit procedures;
- Company reorganizations, mergers, and acquisitions.
You need to have a plan as to how you’re going to protect data and who is going to make sure these guidelines are being met for every possible scenario for your company.
Tip #3: Think Dynamically to Allow for Growth
You will also want to think dynamically to allow for growth. As you add more application users, your company grows, or basic protocols change, you need to be ready to make certain adjustments along the way.
One easy way to do this is to create automated maintenance processes. You should also avoid any sort of user specific security, instead opting for groups to make personnel or company dynamic changes a breeze.
Tip #4: Allow More Than One Person to Know Your Security Strategy
Another tip is to allow more than one person inside your organization to know your security strategy. While you don’t want to let all of your secrets out concerning your processes, it is essential to allow multiple people critical insight into your framework in case anyone ever leaves the company or is suddenly unable to work due to illness.
Choosing two or three people who are all on the same page isn’t breaking your security efforts. It is ensuring that the same processes continue to go on long after any personnel changes happen. It also means that there is always someone available in case of an emergency to help make sure things get back on track fast.
Tip #5: Make Sure to Test and Audit Your Process Periodically
You should also audit and test your process periodically. Testing before your application goes live and before any significant changes that affect security is more than just good sense. It can help keep a potential breach at bay and allow you to catch any potential problems before they go live. After launch, you will want to test often to help reveal any flaws or other issues.
Securing your application doesn’t have to be a complicated process. By keeping these top five tips in mind, you can rest assured that the risk of a data breach is minimal.
At SoftArt Solutions, we understand the importance of ensuring your application is secure and offer a wide range of services to suit your needs. Please contact us today for further information.