Gartner Research

Ten Key Reasons Your IT Product Is Not Secure

Published: 10 June 2013

ID: G00248941

Analyst(s): Greg Young, Ray Wagner

Summary

Ten common mistakes can fatally compromise the security of any IT application or device, and any one of these could sharply limit its market potential. High-assurance product vendors should address these issues or prepare to face damaging security events.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • 1. You Treated Security as an Afterthought
  • 2. You Did Not Use Trained Security Practitioners for Design and Implementation
  • 3. You Refused to Allow Independent, External Review — or You Failed to Act on the Results of the Review
  • 4. You Relied on Administrators and End Users "Doing the Right Thing"
  • 5. You Relied on Attackers Not Knowing About Your Product's Specific Security Mechanisms or Product Administration Secrets
  • 6. Your User Interface and Your Administrative Interface Are Not Physically and Logically Separate
  • 7. You Allow Administrators or End Users to Choose Lower or No Security by Default
  • 8. Your Product Does Not Have Adequate Physical and Logical Tamper Resistance, or at Least Tamper Evidence
  • 9. Your Embedded Product Relies on a Standard "Off the Shelf" Operating System That Has Not Been Patched and Hardened
  • 10. Your Mission-Critical Product Does Not Give Reliable, Testable Evidence of Process Trustability and Transactional Integrity to All Users of the System

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