Protecting Industrial Internet Applications
Bayshore Network Case Study
Today’s utilities, factories and other infrastructure are exposed to high risk. The software that controls many of these entities is not protected. In the last 20 years, the way industrial environments operate has completely changed. Many industrial systems were designed with permissive set-ups that assume only the “right people” in the “right place” would ever give instructions. Past systems were not built with exposure to the internet in mind, and as a result they relied on this “air gap” to limit access to only authorized personnel within the organization. The rate of innovation within technology and wireless systems has outpaced the rate of development in security features. Control centers have gotten better - high tech displays and more capability, but this has led to an exposure to untrusted environments… and in many cases this threat has not been addressed.
Application security can often be viewed by development teams as a time-consuming barrier to finishing a project. In a world where "time equals money", the rush to ship functional applications can overshadow the need to ensure those applications are secure. It is true --- features are what sell software and fixing bugs retains customers and loyalty. Both actions can be directly linked to revenue and profitability. So, what effect does an investment in application security have on a company's bottom line?
The coronavirus crisis is changing human behavior. From the persistent need for social distancing to the potentially permanent adoption of work-from-home mandates, the “new normal” is uncharted territory.
But the growing priority of public health also has knock-on effects in other fields, such as credit and debit payments. While the United Stated has historically lagged behind other countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia when it comes to the adoption of contactless card transactions, the demand for physical distance now trumps the functional familiarity of swipe-and-signature or chip-and-PIN interactions.
Facilitating “no contact normalcy”, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) includes guidance for both commercial deployments and software applications to help solve potential payment security gaps. Here’s what you need to know.
In this post, we will share a few experiences we learned during the making of JSDefender.
Localization is often a key ingredient when building Xamarin Forms applications with a global audience. There are different ways to approach app localization, but most of these leverage the built-in tools provided by the .NET Framework. These include RESX files to configure localized strings and an auto-generated resource class which provides strongly-typed access to the string translation at runtime. This mechanism has been available since .NET 1.1, and is used for localization of WinForm, WPF, ASP.NET, and Xamarin applications.
In the months since we released the Dotfuscator 6 beta, we’ve been hard at work finishing the feature set, fixing issues, and putting on the final touches in preparation for the full release. Now, we are happy to announce the full availability of Dotfuscator 6!
It’s official. COVID-19, more commonly known as the Coronavirus, has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) with hundreds of thousands of cases worldwide. In the United States, restrictions are ramping up as case numbers soar — New York governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered all nonessential workers to stay home, and my own state’s governor Mike DeWine has issued a statewide shelter-in-place order.
Along with disruptions to daily life, the expanding impact of COVID-19 has forced businesses to rapidly pivot and adopt remote-work models — even if they have no experience with mobile connections and on-demand collaboration. The result is a surge in remote everything, from team chats to primary school education to project management and even healthcare delivery. See my previous blog on our customer commitment during the age of Coronavirus.
And while efforts to bridge the digital divide are having a positive impact for both workplace productivity and the mental health of those in isolation, there’s a potential pitfall: Cybersecurity. As noted by CNBC, there’s already been a significant uptick in scam and phishing emails — but what happens if malicious actors breach critical apps and services?
At PreEmptive, we’re closely following the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, and our thoughts are with those affected and their families during this difficult time.
We are taking precautionary steps to continue normal operations without affecting our customers. At the same time, ensuring the health and safety of our customers, partners, and employees is our highest priority.
We have provided application protection software to the world's top organizations for more than 20 years. Although, this case is somewhat unique, it is not the first time we have been confronted with economic disruptions and uncertainties. Prior critical lessons have helped shape us into the company we are today: a robust organization with layers of contingency plans in place, a strong balance sheet, and an experienced team that values long-term relationships with our customers and partners above all else.