5 Threats to Development Environment to Tackle in a Cybersecurity Plan

Yana Troianska

July 8, 2022

Hackers and cybercriminals are constantly searching for new ways to exploit the weak spots of IT systems. Malware has become more sophisticated and requires a proper response.

According to Gartner, 45% of organizations worldwide will have experienced three times more attacks on their software supply chains by 2025 than in 2021.

Figure 1: Proportion of organizations that have sought external information or guidance in the last 12 months on cyber security threats.

Proportion of organizations that have sought external information or guidance in the last 12 months on cyber security threats.

Source: The National Cyber Security Centre

Many businesses trust outsourcing IT companies to create a cybersecurity plan for them.

However, what if your business is not there yet? How can you, as a business owner, ensure the environment where your products and services are being deployed, maintained, or operated is protected?

Why is cybersecurity important for your development environment?

When addressing why cybersecurity is important, remember that it can prevent a major business risk. Cyber-risk incidents threaten to cause vital business process disruptions as well as carry operational, financial, reputational, and strategic risks for you. Modern cyber challenges require a timely response.

Securing your development environment is not about messing up your developers’ work. It is about recognizing the risks to your development environment and adopting necessary technical prevention measures.

Recognizing threats to the development environment will improve cybersecurity

Around 55% of medium businesses outsource their IT and cybersecurity to an external supplier. As a company that provides software development and consulting services, Sombra pays extra attention to secure inner resources and our clients’.

Our software engineers are highly aware of the security approaches that won’t let functional software be susceptible to security threats. The information security specialists point out 5 most common, yet often overlooked, threats to the development environment:

Outdated operating system (OS)

A timely update can play a crucial part in server and network security. An outdated OS is a goldmine for hackers. Fragments of the OS code contain plenty of flaws at the beginning: network protocol errors, incompatibility with modern internet standards, outdated software elements, etc.

Figure 2: Percentage of organizations that have older versions of Windows installed.

Percentage of organizations that have older versions of Windows installed.

Source: National Cyber Security Centre

An up-to-date operating system will improve cybersecurity in the following ways:

  • Protect the OS from malicious software
  • Fix general bugs and errors
  • Protect your server

Outdated critical software

Software updates usually contain security vulnerability fixes (over 90%), bug fixes, and product enhancements.

Malware can corrupt files, use server resources for spamming, and even hold ransom. Using unpatched or outdated server software can easily destabilize a web project and expose you to security breaches. Such breaches are common entry points for malware into your system.

No firewall

A firewall is our first line of defense against external threats. Basically, it traces a server’s connections, analyses them, and decides whether they are safe or not, based on your settings. 

At Sombra, we trust the FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), our first line of defense. NGFW delivers full visibility and threat protection: and helps organizations build high-performance, ultra-scalable, and security-driven networks.

No antivirus

An antivirus program aims to detect and remove viruses and malware from one’s computer.

A proper antivirus protects from malware, like worms, trojans, various spyware, and ransomware. Additionally, some antivirus can serve as firewalls.

No data backup

A 2020 study shows that 88% of data loss is caused by human error.

Regular backup and recovery testing – are essential for any business. Data backup can not protect you from a cyber-attack, yet all the vital business data will be saved and recovered quickly. 

A backup and recovery test is a process of evaluating the effectiveness of a company’s software and methods of replicating data for security as well as its ability to retrieve that data. Your disaster recovery plan must include backup and recovery testing.

How to get into cybersecurity with Sombra?

Becoming a Sombra client gives you access to professional IT services and cybersecurity best practices. 

Sombra checks the efficiency of security measures of clients’ selected servers and project development environments to prevent data breaches. 

We strive to ensure sustainable business growth for our clients. Therefore, each of our services comes with high cybersecurity expertise to ensure secure IT outsourcing. So, how about we talk about your current needs?

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