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.
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.