Top 4 Benefits of Client-Side Web Application Security

With all your attention on third-party risks, are you giving enough thought to your website’s supply chain? Do you know if your third-party digital supply chain is putting you at risk? We can almost guarantee it. If client-side web application security is not considered, third-party vendors you use to enhance your site’s functionality can be used as an attack vector. Cybercriminals can take advantage of this route to inject malicious code into browser sessions to steal your customer’s most personal data. This long-forgotten risk is enough to cost you millions of dollars in litigation costs, fines and judgments. This is a significant risk that you should assess immediately and probably work to mitigate.

In the first quarter of 2022 alone, we have seen an increase in the number of client-side attacks with a highly publicized attack on Segway being a prime example. Client-side web application security is essential for:

  • Prevent client-side attacks such as digital skimming, formjacking, Magecart, etc.
  • Mitigate a potentially significant risk to your organization
  • Ensure compliance with a number of privacy and data security programs

But not all client-side web applications are created equal. In order to eliminate website data breaches, prevent compliance breaches, and do so without adding additional burden to your security operations, you need to implement client-side web application security focused on prevention. Let’s explore the benefits.

1. Prevention first, client-side web application security blocks threats in real time 24/7

The value of detection and alert security solutions is diminishing. Your teams are inundated with alerts from across your ecosystem and the last thing you need is to stress security operations further. Source Defense was founded with the goal of giving security a solution to a major problem without creating more problems downstream. The problem with detection and alerting solutions is that they don’t prevent attacks from happening and they add unnecessary burden to your already overstretched security teams.

Instead of waiting until it’s already too late to act, Source Defense works around the clock to stop client-side attacks and threats before they impact your organization. With prevention-focused client-side web application security, you can protect your web applications against online attacks from:

  • Your own website code (proprietary code)
  • Tens code of 3rd, 4th and nth parts
  • Vulnerabilities introduced by open source libraries

2. Address client-side security without weighing down your already overworked teams

With 69% of cybersecurity teams understaffed, chances are your entire InfoSec team is burnt out. Add to that the more than 11,000 alerts they receive daily and the overflow is well… overwhelming. Source Defense’s client-side web application security platform stops threats in their tracks without weighing down your teams. This means that no additional alerts are sent to your security personnel.

Source Defense simplifies and streamlines client-side security, drastically reduces the time spent going through unnecessary alerts, and provides continuous protection against the biggest threat: client-side attacks. Now your InfoSec team can spend more time on value-added tasks rather than spending hours responding to potential (but probably not disastrous) alerts.

3. Digital Marketing Leaders Can Safely Use Third-Party Vendors Without Fearing a Client-Side Attack

When it comes to optimizing a company’s website, digital marketers are usually the decision makers, using third-party vendors to implement contact forms and other widgets and features on their sites. So, it’s understandable that marketing teams don’t want to give up on these easily integrated features. However, digital marketers generally have to consider whether the reward outweighs the risk. A major problem arises when digital marketing leaders implement apparently Harmless 3rd party plugins without talking to InfoSec team – there is no one to check JavaScript read/write permissions. What if cybercriminals can hack third-party JavaScript to steal PII, PHI, or credit card data? By the time they find out, it will be too late.

With prevention-focused, client-side web application security, these digital marketers have the freedom to implement new third-party web applications to achieve their ideal user experience without having to bother their IT team. Source Defense relies on a set of fully automated and machine-learning policies that control access and permissions for all third-party tools operating on a website. This means that any third-party provider that you want to implement on your site is continuously monitored and controlled. So when a cybercriminal tries to sneak into someone else’s code, Source Defense automatically blocks them from accessing the code.

Now, marketers no longer have to choose between security and enhanced functionality—they simply get the best of both worlds.

4. InfoSec teams are empowered to preserve the end-user experience

Client-side web application security eliminates unnecessary latency and protects the customer journey. This is very important considering that around 90% of online users will leave a website and never come back after a bad user experience. Given the shared desire to protect users on their website while providing an exceptional user experience, InfoSec and marketing teams must work together to ensure the site is secure, functional, and user-friendly.

When it comes to client-side security, the right technology will protect the site without compromising functionality or design. All protections and attack prevention mechanisms will happen behind the scenes. This way, website users won’t have any interruptions or inconsistencies during their time on your site.

Without affecting the efficiency or effectiveness of the web application, prevention-focused client-side web application security protects the user and:

  • Eliminates the risk of data breach
  • Ensures the user experience is consistent and enjoyable

Final Thoughts

Client-side, prevention-focused web application security isn’t a luxury or a fad, it’s critical to protect your site, business and customers from a data breach. Not to mention, client-side security as well:

  • Lighten the load on your teams
  • Mitigate third-party risk
  • Prevents client-side attacks from affecting your site

So what are you waiting for? Waiting to act is simply waiting to be attacked. Request a demo of the Source Defense platform and get a personalized threat analysis for your business.

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