Designers can take an idea and turn it into a masterpiece of user interactivity, and because of their competence in all things aesthetic and interface, they’re often asked to undergo tasks that, honestly, should not fall on their shoulders. Yet, they still trudge along in the noble effort to retain clients. One of the worst types of encounters they are faced with comes in the form of web security, which is about as close to web design as a beanie is to jogging shoes. Sure, they’ll get used by the same person, but their origins are wildly different.
In many cases, designers will reach out through channels like Craigslist to find one-off programmers and “security experts” but often end up short in terms of accountability or assurance. But, for those who want to come out of the task looking like an internet champion, there are some security tools available that will not only get the work completed, but they will help keep a website or web app safe for as long as required.
As a web security service, Checkmarx is one of those end-all, be-all products that will cover anything. Their tools not only cover everything from the OWASP top 10 and SANS list of known security breaches, but they have some killer services that a designer can use to significant effect. As far as these are concerned, the best comes in the form of software code analysis that checks web applications for vulnerabilities and can even deploy fixes for these security holes.
They go far beyond just that, though, and are a trusted enough resource that their clientele includes behemoths like the federal government and Deutsche Telekom (The company behind T-Mobile). Their ability to find system vulnerabilities as well as offering access to an abundance of tools to fix any issues make Checkmarx unbeatable in the realm of security.
Designers looking for something that’s primarily created for ease of use can get a ton of mileage out of Netsparker. Their initial scans will offer suggestions for web application improvement while not really requiring the user to learn much about why things should be made more secure.
That being the case, it’s a perfect tool for web designers who don’t want to spend any time customizing their defenses while still allowing them to inform a client that his or her website or web apps have security in place.
Though the Trust Guard website could use a good graphic designer (I’m looking at you, reader. Send them a message), the services available through Trust Guard are particularly useful in building a site’s on-the-spot trustworthiness as they offer security, business and privacy seals.
To qualify for one of these seals, site builders must go through specific processes to determine that requirements are met (many of which can be done with Trust Guard’s tools), which can lead to higher conversion rates. Security options include PCI compliance, website security and point-of-sale terminal scans, so Trust Guard is particularly useful if you’re building an interface for brick-and-mortar clientele.
Are there any other tools you’ve come across that make your job as a web designer easier when dealing with web or application security? Let us know in the comments below!
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