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Software Security . September 29, 2023

Essential Software Security Considerations for Your Business

In today’s digital landscape, businesses rely heavily on software to streamline operations, manage data, and enhance productivity. However, this increasing dependence on software solutions exposes companies to many security risks. To safeguard your business and sensitive information effectively, you should expect robust security measures from your software products. 

In this blog, we will delve into crucial security considerations and why they are essential for your business’s protection.

Security Considerations

1. Guarding Against SQL Injection Attacks

SQL injection attacks are among the most prevalent and damaging cybersecurity threats. These attacks occur when malicious actors exploit vulnerabilities in software to manipulate SQL queries. To prevent SQL injection, ensure that the software you use doesn’t build SQL statements from text input by users. Instead, it should employ parameters in SQL statements. This practice effectively eliminates the opportunity for SQL injection attacks, as it prevents unauthorized code execution. [1]

2. Encryption for Data Transmission

Secure data transmission is non-negotiable in a world where data breaches are a constant threat. While HTTPS connections are standard for websites, consider advanced encryption methods for heightened security. Look for software that uses encryption algorithms certified by Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). This certification ensures your data is protected using government-approved encryption standards. [2]

3. FIPS Compatibility

In certain industries and government sectors, compliance with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) is mandatory. FIPS standards define stringent security requirements for software and systems. Therefore, your software products should be capable of operating in FIPS-restricted environments. Ensuring FIPS compatibility guarantees that your software meets the highest security standards. [3]

4. Secure Credentials

User credentials, such as passwords and access keys, must be treated with the utmost care. Credentials should never be transmitted in a format that can be easily decoded if intercepted. Ensure that your software employs strong encryption for credential protection and stores them securely. This prevents unauthorized access and safeguards sensitive information.

5. Robust Audit Trails

An effective way to detect and respond to security breaches is by having a comprehensive audit trail. This feature monitors system activity, tracks user actions, and records events. Having an audit trail helps you identify suspicious behavior, unauthorized access, or unusual system activities promptly. Thus, it is a critical component of software security.

6. Backup and File Synchronization Security

Backup and file synchronization are essential for data recovery and continuity. However, these processes should be executed securely. Backup solutions often run in privileged states, meaning they can access the files they protect. It’s crucial to choose software products with minimal vulnerabilities in this privileged state to prevent potential system compromises.

7. Ransomware Protection

The rise of ransomware attacks is a significant concern for businesses [4]. In the event of a data breach, ransomware can encrypt files, holding them hostage until a ransom is paid. To combat this threat, ensure you have secure copies of your data stored in locations inaccessible from your normal network. This can include cloud backups or a separate network with highly restricted access. These copies serve as a safeguard against data loss and costly ransomware attacks.

By prioritizing these security considerations in your software products, you can bolster your business’s defenses against cybersecurity threats. Remember that the digital landscape is continually evolving, making robust security measures necessary to protect your valuable data and operations.

About Software Pursuits’ SureSync MFT

Software Pursuits, Inc. (SPI) delivers easy-to-use software to help handle your complex or even not-so-complex data management issues. SPI’s SureSync software provides enterprise-ready replication & synchronization to help you improve availability, share local file copies between remote locations, distribute files to remote offices, and much more.

Our software has been designed with the end user’s environment in mind and all of the variables they bring. We seek to simplify your data management tasks so you can focus on the task at hand rather than costly software failures and interruptions.

SureSync MFT also provides an extensive suite of advanced options, including delta copies (copying the changed portion of a file), compression, encryption, bandwidth throttling, open file support, detailed logging, email alerts, real-time synchronization status, file locking, and more. 

Taking advantage of these features makes network synchronizations faster and more efficient while allowing for finer control.