Collaboration is the Future

Introduction: In the digital age, the growing complexity and interconnectedness of technology have made collaboration among application developers, cybersecurity experts, and customers more critical than ever before. In this short piece, Desuto’s Mike Hostick considers why greater collaboration is crucial to the future delivery of secure cloud based applications.

1. Evolving Threat Landscape:

Malicious actors are continuously seeking new methods to take advantage of application vulnerabilities and as networks expand creating greater interconnectivity, the ‘attack surface’ grows bigger, providing cyber attackers with more potential points of entry to exploit. The Open Web Application Security Project highlights vulnerabilities present in the API ecosystem. Alarmingly, most SMEs are ill-prepared to address these vulnerabilities, despite the wide scale adoption of applications relying on APIs, many of which handle highly sensitive data.  Many SMEs do not have the expertise, time, or resources to understand and mitigate these risks.

2. Collaborating

By collaborating closely, application developers, cybersecurity professionals, and customers can share information and insights, stay updated on emerging threats, and collectively work towards enhancing security measures. This collaboration allows for proactive identification and mitigation of vulnerabilities before they are exploited, leading to safer and more secure applications.

3. Early Detection and Rapid Response:

Cybersecurity incidents can have far-reaching consequences, impacting both organizations and individuals. Collaborative efforts enable early detection of potential security breaches or vulnerabilities in applications. By involving customers in this process, they become an integral part of the collective defence against cyber threats. Early detection enables a rapid response, minimizing the potential damage caused by security incidents and reducing downtime for businesses.

4. User-Centric Security:

Customers are the end-users of applications and are directly affected by their security. By involving customers in the collaborative process, application developers can gain valuable insights into user requirements and expectations. This helps in the development of more user-centric security features and interfaces, making it easier for customers to understand and manage security settings. Collaborating with customers also fosters a sense of trust and transparency, enhancing the overall user experience and satisfaction.

5. Shared Responsibility:

The responsibility for cybersecurity cannot be solely placed on application developers or cybersecurity experts. Although these services have evolved as separate disciplines, they are increasingly working together to embed greater security awareness and tools, directly into the development environment.  Customers, as the users of applications, have a role to play in maintaining their security. Collaboration among all stakeholders promotes a shared responsibility approach, where each party understands their role and actively contributes to maintaining a secure environment. This shared responsibility culture leads to better security hygiene, reduces vulnerabilities, and fosters a collective defence against cyber threats.

6. Innovation and Continuous Improvement:

Collaboration fosters an environment of innovation and continuous improvement. By working together, stakeholders can share ideas, exchange best practices, and identify opportunities to enhance security measures and application development processes. This collaborative approach ensures that security considerations are integrated throughout the software development lifecycle, resulting in more resilient applications and improved cybersecurity practices.


In an increasingly interconnected and digitally dependent world, collaboration between application developers, cybersecurity experts, and customers is the way forward. By leveraging collective knowledge, sharing insights, and actively involving end-users, we can enhance the security of software applications and better protect against emerging cyber threats. This collaborative approach fosters innovation, empowers users, and ultimately creates a safer digital environment for everyone. Embracing this collaborative mindset is crucial for shaping a secure and resilient future.