Web application security breaches are on the rise. In 2021, more than 250,000 unique Android users were attacked by a trojan. In 2020, Marriott Hotels disclosed a security breach that impacted the data of more than 5.2 million hotel guests who used their loyalty application. According to NTT’s 2020 Global Threat Intelligence Report 55% of all cyberattacks in 2019 were a combination of web application and application-specific attacks. Most web applications typically have a vast threat surface including areas like DBA tools, content management systems, and multiple APIs. And since web apps have become an integral part of business operations today, any breach can easily result in loss of reputation, damaged client relations, rescinded licenses, and even legal actions. What ads to their vulnerability is that most web apps are now in the cloud, and with businesses taking an agile approach to application development, new apps are being released without the needed protections.
A closer look at some of the top web application security challenges can help you avoid some common pitfalls and be prepared for remedial steps.