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Apps security the top challenge for customer-facing mobile and web applications research shows

A new Synopsys survey reveals that customer-facing web and mobile applications are the top security challenge for IT professionals in Asia.

From Sept. 19 to 21, 2017, Synopsys conducted a survey at Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW), the region’s most established cyber security event. We spoke to 244 C-level IT professionals, managers, and executives in person at the event.

“It is not surprising that web and mobile applications represent such a high risk to businesses in Asia, as they often process highly sensitive information and cyber attacks targeting them are increasing in sophistication in the region. To effectively address cyber threats, software companies need to move beyond reactive measures by implementing software security initiatives that embrace the fundamentals of software integrity and proactively build security and quality into their software development life cycle (SDLC).

—Geok Cheng Tan

Managing director (Asia Pacific), Synopsys Software Integrity Group

SICW 2017 survey highlights

Nearly one-third (31%) of respondents viewed customer-facing web applications as the area presenting the most security risk to businesses. This was followed by 23% who identified mobile apps and 20% who suggested that embedded or IoT systems presented the most risk.

Application and system types with highest risk

Half (50%) of those surveyed said that threat or breach detection within these applications represented the top security concern.

Application security concerns

Almost half (48%) of those surveyed felt that aside from the technical challenges of securing customer-facing web applications, a lack of skilled security personnel or training was the biggest challenge, which reflects the cyber security skills gap across the globe.

Apps security challenges

Two-thirds (66%) of respondents said they have a strategy in place in the event of a security incident. Only 16% said they didn’t have one, and 18% suggested they didn’t know whether they had a strategy in place.

Incident response plan to deal with a cyber attacks

These results are reassuring, as the increased frequency and severity of cyber attacks is expected to continue to rise.

Additional findings

Apps security management

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We’d also like to note that the opinions of the participants aren’t the opinions of Synopsys.

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