As hard as it may be to say, the primary reason that a FileMaker solution may not be secure is the lack of knowledge of the database designer, a lack of respect for the need for security within the solution or the lack of time to plan / test / implement into the solution. FileMaker has an excellant core set of security related features but the developer needs to be able to effectively leverage them for the solution needs.
The person that develops a FileMaker solution may also be the owner, the administrative person, the technical support person or a combination thereof. They may want to put in the best security possible but it is just not humanly possible under the current available time or money resources.
To put it in a nutshell, security can get in the way of the productive use of day to day business. It is quite possible that some poorly implemented security procedures can cause more problems than a security breach ever would. Many times, it takes the occurrence of the worst case scenario before security becomes a recognized priority.
Traditionally, the FileMaker developer, is responsible to take all reasonable steps for designing the security of the FileMaker based system. If the FileMaker developer has to do it alone, they have less of a chance to be successful. To have a very secure solution, you will need to have the support of the application program, workplace supervisors, fellow employees and a host of FileMaker resource documentation.
In some cases, the FileMaker developer may not be the most experienced with how a particular business works. It is a very good idea for the Business Manager to be involved in the planning / testing / implementation of security related features.
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