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3 Security Myths Surrounding Custom & Off-the-Shelf Software

3 Security Myths Surrounding Custom & Off-the-Shelf Software

These days, the software market is flooded with products designed to boost business performance, optimize workflow and increase revenue. However, very few of them are built with security in mind which puts a business’s data and network security at risk. And as data and networks are the most vulnerable against cyber attacks, businesses need to take a responsible approach when it comes to choosing software for their operations, be it custom or ready-made. In this blog, we will debunk the three most popular security myths concerning off-the-shelf and custom software.

Common Security Myths Surrounding Custom & Ready-Made Software

Ready-made software is more secure than a custom

Companies tend to think that ready-made software is more secure simply because it is popular. But you shouldn’t fall for that claim. By relying on the default security features that commercial software comes with, you are putting too much trust in a system you don't know much about. Not only does this put your business's data at risk, but it also compromises the security of your entire organization.

Unlike off-the-shelf, custom software is built to specific business requirements. There is no guarantee that custom software is 100% safe. However, the payout hackers will get from breaking into a customized system is way smaller than that from commercial software, making custom software less attractive for hackers to break into. 

To further explore the differences between custom and ready-made software, read this blog here.

Enterprise-level security measures are fit for small and medium-sized businesses

Oftentimes, small and medium-sized businesses purchase expensive software built with larger-scale organizations in mind, drawing upon the fact that enterprise-level software is fit for all business sizes. However, this results in an equal level of security they would have gotten with a fit-to-size software but for more money spent. While there are security best practices that all businesses should adhere to, a larger, enterprise-level organization would require a different kind of security than a small or medium-sized corporation, so keep that in mind when shopping for custom software solutions.

Bots & hackers pose the highest threat to data & network security

Bots and hackers are the two words that come to mind when you hear “cybersecurity”. They can typically be blocked by the majority of cybersecurity protection layers. However, those are only the fundamentals. Many business owners are unaware that the biggest threats come from within the company - the employees. Workers lacking adequate cybersecurity training run the risk of unintentionally providing thieves with access to sensitive data and systems.

Internal vulnerabilities should receive just as much attention as those that come from external sources. With proper security measures implemented inside the organization, you can ensure a better level of security for your data and networks.  

Vestra Inet is a Toronto-based custom software development company with over 20 years of experience in serving custom business solutions to industrial and commercial clients. Our customized business solutions come with robust security features, so you can be sure your business data is in good hands. Contact us today for a free consultation and get a quote on a solution right for your business.