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Why your software should be more secure than your neighbors'.

We regularly receive questions from clients about software security. How many measures should we take, and how far should we go? This question seems quite simple, but the answer is often more complex than expected.

Security is high on the agenda at Enigmatry. Software must always be secure so that data and the continuity of an organization are guaranteed. On the other hand, at Enigmatry, we take ease of use and the design of software or an application into account. In some cases, strict safety requirements can hinder ease of use.

That is why we at Enigmatry have developed a security blueprint containing several steps. Security is woven into the design from the very first sketch of an application. We wrote the article Security by Design about this.

Looking through the eyes of a hacker.

Looking through the eyes of a hacker.

When developing an application, we look carefully at security at multiple layers: the technical aspect, design and hosting, but we can still do something to develop a secure application. Something that ethical hackers, testers, and, for example, pen testers do all the time. And that is looking through the eyes of a hacker. We ask ourselves several questions: What mistakes can a user make? How do weaknesses arise? Or perhaps weaknesses can be found before the application or software is used? By looking like a hacker, we learn a lot about an application.

Would you also like to take a closer look at your application? Then, take the following into account.

Hackers just follow the news.

But the majority of hackers make it easy for themselves and literally look for open doors.

They scour the internet for software that has or could pose security risks. One of the sources they use for this is news updates, for example, about software. They look at which software is receiving an important update and where necessary patches have been applied. These types of messages can provide a hacker with an opportunity to investigate.

So, for example, are you using free software, and is a major update coming? Make sure you implement this on time. If you do not do this, safety risks may arise. This also applies to plugins from other suppliers. Ensuring that your software is up to date reduces the risk of being hacked.

Of course, hackers find it a challenge to crack the most advanced and well-secured software. Some burglars like to break into the most secure banks.

- Enigmatry

Search for weak spots in applications and software.

In addition to simply following the news and updates, many malicious hackers also use software that scans the internet for vulnerabilities. They do not have to put much effort into this, which is mainly automatic. But if they find a weak spot, the consequences could be dire. A hack or attack is very random in about 99 out of 100 cases. It's not personal; the hacker just found a weak spot. There is a good chance that the information on your server is not interesting to the hacker.

Just like a burglar, a hacker looks for homes, or in this case servers, where he or she can 'slip' into as quickly as possible.


The simplest way to prevent this is to ensure that a burglar or hacker has to make more effort to break in.

If you ensure that your software is up to date, the doors are locked, the curtains are closed, and no one can enter, then there is a good chance that malicious parties will look for an easier alternative.

Why should your software be more secure than your neighbors'?

So, in the end, it's quite simple. Suppose you ensure that your house is better secured than the neighbors'. The chance that you will be burglarized is considerably smaller. That's how it works with software. If you ensure your software or tool is better secured than your 'neighbors on the internet', you are less likely to become a hacking victim.

Do you want to know how to check this? For example, read our article about the OWASP top 10 or download the whitepaper here.

Ready to enhance the security of your software? Schedule a no-obligation introductory meeting with our experts here; we're eager to brainstorm with you.