Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Rich Internet Application Security - 2 Benefits of Browser Free

If you're a CIO, you've probably been asked to secure your internet applications against internet hacking at some point.

But that's becoming an increasingly tall order with security threats to internet based applications on the rise, with the strong growth being attributed to factors such as new viruses, malware and hacking attacks.

And it doesn't seem to matter which browser you use, whether it's Internet Explorer, FireFox (actually more vulnerable than IE, contrary to popular belief), Safari or others. Even the latest versions such as Internet Explorer 7, which claims a whole new set of security features probably won't be able to keep up with the robbers who always seem to be a step ahead of the cops.

According to security blogger Hon Lau: "In this day and age, the old advice of avoiding certain types of Web site and content on the Internet is no longer enough when even trusted sites have been known to be compromised in the past."

"Making sure your Web browser and other applications are fully patched, your Antivirus and Firewall software are running and up to date with the latest definitions sets and using a bit of street smarts should go a long way towards keeping you out of harm's way."

But all this security updating and maintenance is surely going to add up and put an additional strain on IT budgets. What if you could avoid the browser altogether, and yet still run a fully internet available business application?

Well, I only recently discovered that uniPaaS covers the security issue in two fantastic ways. Here's how:

  1. Since the uniPaaS RIA Client is an independent applicationand not browser based, it's not subjected to the security issues and attacks that browsers suffer from! Also, the message format and protocol used to communicate between the Server and Client in uniPaaS are proprietary and secured.

This means that a uniPaaS application runs on the internet, feels like a desktop app in terms of performance, AND has the security of a desktop app as well!

  1. I also found out something else: The uniPaaS Client does not directly access any back-end resources such as databases. Actually, it only communicates with the Magic Broker. This means that an enterprise company can isolate their users - preventing them from having direct access to the application database - and thus avoid potential employee data theft or corruption.

These are big issues with the global network security market predicted to reach about $9.5 billion by 2015.

uniPaaS could potentially change all that. Now I just have to get people to hear about it! Anyone have any ideas??