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March 2006

Editor's Desk: The case for application-layer security

It may be a tough sell, but security at the application level may be your company's--and customers'--best bet. Thanks to compliance, you've finally gotten the C-suite's attention and perhaps even more funding for perimeter defense, vulnerability tools and strong authentication. And now we're telling you that you must go back and ask for more money to ensure that the applications built today are secure. Sounds like a tough sell, huh? First off, the developers within your organization probably don't even report into your department. Worse yet, their goals are seemingly at cross-purposes with your objectives: They're tasked with adding features and functionality that ultimately bolster the bottom line. Your department is an expense where results are hard to quantify. Sure, secure coding sounds like an obvious must-have on paper. Who wouldn't want their applications coded in such a manner that could reduce the likelihood of hacks like SQL injections and buffer overflows? Who wouldn't want that peace of mind? But the reality is much ...

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Features in this issue

  • Secure from the Start

    SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT Get off on the right foot by working with your developers to ingrain security in the coding process.

  • Unplugged

    PRODUCT REVIEW Even if you don't have an unauthorized WLAN, you need protection.

  • Integrated Security

    Symantec's Gateway Security 5600 series