Everything you need to know to build an AppSec program

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The What and Why?

Everything you need to know to build a successful AppSec program.jpgApplication security is the discipline of processes, tools and practices aiming to protect applications from threats throughout the entire application lifecycle. Cyber criminals are organized, specialized, and motivated to find and exploit vulnerabilities in enterprise applications to steal data, intellectual property, and sensitive information. Application security can help organizations protect all kinds of applications (such as legacy, desktop, web, mobile, micro services) used by internal and external stakeholders including customers, business partners and employees.

As validated by multiple studies, the majority of successful breaches target exploitable vulnerabilities residing in the application layer, indicating the need for enterprise IT departments to be extra vigilant about application security. To further compound the problem, the number and complexity of applications is growing.

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Software development organizations are struggling to secure the applications they develop and deploy, for several reasons. One, the growing dependency on open source code as a cost-cutting, time-saving foundation for application construction requires development teams to carefully check that code for vulnerabilities.

Second, when a vulnerability is detected, the time it takes a responsible party to repair and patch the affected code presents multiple problems for software developers and consumers. The time and cost involved in remediating unsecure code is motivating the savviest development teams to build security into their applications as soon as possible within the secure development lifecycle (SDLC). They recognize that the easiest way to avoid application vulnerabilities is to not create them in the first place as they design and create code.

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To address these growing needs and concerns, TechBeacon has put together The 2019 TechBeacon Buyer’s Guide to Application Security.

The purpose of this guide is to address:

  1. What behaviors in the software community necessitate application security practices?
  2. What processes and products enable application security risks to be mitigated?
  3. What questions do application development teams need to answer in order to determine their next steps in application security risk mitigation?

Along with this highly informative guide, we also have a 3-part webinar series that will guide you on your application security journey, starting from the very beginning, all the way to becoming a mature program. You can find those webinars here:

Part 1: Getting Started with Seamless AppSec in One Day
Part 2: Fitting Security into your Software Lifecycle: Automation and Integration
Part 3: Optimizing and Maturing an AppSec Program

While building an effective and efficient application security program is a journey, it’s not one that you and your organization have to travel alone. Micro Focus Fortify is always here to help.

If you have any questions along the way, feel free to contact us, we are here to help!


About Micro Focus Fortify.

Fortify offers end-to-end application security solutions with the flexibility of testing on-premises and on-demand to cover the entire software development lifecycle. Complete software security assurance with Fortify on Demand -our application security as a service - integrates static, dynamic and mobile AppSec testing with continuous monitoring for web apps in production.


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