Hackers are turning away from corporate networks and redirecting their attacks against business applications on the web, security experts warned today.
A report from Frost & Sullivan said that enterprises need to employ web application firewall (Waf) technology to protect web-based business applications.
Companies failing to deploy such systems leave themselves open to "multiple vulnerabilities" caused by a lack of proper attention to security factors by web-based application software developers.
"Traditional network security protects lower layers of the open system interconnection [OSI] reference model alone and is incapable of protecting business web applications, which run at layer seven of the OSI," warned Frost & Sullivan senior industry analyst Jose Lopez.
"This is where Waf technology comes into play as the only technology available that is capable of safeguarding the integrity of web applications."
The analyst firm believes that the introduction of specific legislation mandating database protection is likely to have a "very positive effect" on the penetration of Waf technology.
Frost & Sullivan pointed out that the US Security Breach Information Act and Japan's Personal Information Protection Law oblige companies to inform customers in the event that their databases have been, or are suspected to be, compromised by a malicious third party.
Due to the high focus of Waf technology vendors in the financial services market, existing legislation regulating financial services such as Basel II in Europe is also contributing to the uptake of this technology, Frost & Sullivan noted.
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