A Synopsys survey reveals that the security of customer-facing web and mobile apps is the top security challenge for IT professionals in Asia.
A new Synopsys survey reveals that customer-facing web and mobile applications are the top security challenge for IT professionals in Asia.
In September 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
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.
Half (50%) of those surveyed said that threat or breach detection within these applications represented the top security concern.
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.
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% said they didn’t know whether they had a strategy in place.
These results are reassuring, as the increased frequency and severity of cyber attacks is expected to continue to rise.
We’d also like to note that the opinions of the participants aren’t the opinions of Synopsys.