New Tribes Mission (NTM)
Sanford, Florida, US
New Tribes Mission (NTM) is an international non-profit organization (NPO) that helps local churches train, coordinate and send missionaries to unreached groups of people. To achieve this, New Tribes Mission depends on a strong international workforce of translators, church planters, teachers, educators, nurses and several other professionals.
New Tribes Mission runs a number of web applications, such as portals, to ensure that the thousands of employees and volunteers that work for the NPO can communicate with each other and work more efficiently. It also has an official website which is accessed by thousands of followers every month.
The IT team at the New Tribes Mission has always had web application security as one of the top priorities, mainly because many of the non-technical colleagues frequently travel and access their custom built web applications from different locations in the world, sometimes even from insecure connections. Therefore, if their custom-built web applications are vulnerable, they could easily be attacked.
New Tribes Mission needed to protect its web applications from malicious attacks by identifying web vulnerabilities, programming errors, and other security flaws in them. The non-profit organization chose to use Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner, a web application security market leader, to continuously scan and protect its websites and web applications from the always increasing threat of malicious attacks.
Although finding a web application security scanner sounds like a straightforward process for many, there were still a number of challenges:
After analyzing the challenges, the requirement was very straightforward: an automated web application security scanner that can:
After testing several different solutions, the team chose Netsparker because it is an affordable solution and because, as they said:
Today, New Tribes Mission uses Netsparker to scan more than 10 web applications at least once a week to ensure that there are no security holes that could be exploited by hackers.
According to the IT operations and security team, the return on investment on Netsparker is already very high because:
The web development team is also benefiting from Netsparker because the security scanner clearly explains where the vulnerabilities are and provides practical remediation solutions. Therefore, thanks to Netsparker, developers learn how to write secure code while they fix existing security issues.
Like any other software, Netsparker can have bugs, and, unfortunately, the New Tribes Mission team di encountered a bug while using Netsparker.
But this was not a problem for New Tribes Mission, as he explained:
New Tribes Mission is steadfast in its goal of reaching people who have no access to the Gospel. That was the vision for our ministry when we were founded in 1942, and it is our vision today.
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