Application Security

Application security

Application Security protects an organization's critical data from external threats by ensuring the security of all software used to run the business.

The most important AppSec tasks are finding, fixing and preventing cybersecurity vulnerabilities throughout the entire development life cycle.

Flaw vs Vulnerabbility

Simply put, a flaw is a defect in the implementation that can lead to a vulnerability. A vulnerability is a condition that can be exploited by an attacker. Not all flaws can be exploited, but once someone has figured out a way to attack (or exploit) a flaw, it becomes a vulnerability.

Oh, and the exploit refers to a procedure or program intended to take advantage of a vulnerability, similar to a weapon.

(Coding) Standards are your friend

In the context of attackers, standards act as a wall to your castle. Sure, you still need guards, but it is much harder for unauthorized entities to get in.

The most important standards include OWASP, CWE, DISA STIG, CERT and PA-DSS.

Breaches are really common

And this is not all right. A study made on 130 000 applications resulted that 76% of applications have at least one vulnerability.

More than half of data breaches are the result of application vulnerabilities and the average cost of fixing the breach is $3.92 million. In a survey, 237 out of 250 security professionals admitted experiencing at least one successful application exploit in the past year.

Believe us, you don't want to be part of these statistics.

Training is essential

Developers can't find and fix flaws in the code if they don't know how. To establish a working AppSec strategy in your organization, tools are not enough by themselves. You need security champions in your team, who are eager to learn and motivate others to write secure code.

Let's join forces

The three pillars of a successful AppSec framework are the testing tools, knowledge and well defined policies. We can help achieving excellence in all of them. Don't hesitate to contact us if you want to learn more about this topic.

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