Industry Observations-Vulnerabilities-Web Application Security

Eliminating the blind spot: Choosing the right application security partner

When choosing a vendor to support your application security objectives, there are a number of important factors to consider. While features, brand, and price are common selection criteria, it’s critical that you evaluate several specific capabilities as well; capabilities that will have a profound impact on the accuracy and effectiveness of the solution.

Here are six critical factors to keep in mind when selecting an application security solution:

  • False Positive Removal:  Using automated scanners to find application vulnerabilities is like casting a large net into the ocean. In addition to identifying relevant, “real” vulnerabilities, scanners will find a plethora of false positives as well. The burden then falls on your security team to sift through the vast number of vulnerabilities to find the “real” ones. Choosing a vendor that removes false positives is critical, or you will not only waste development resources on false vulnerabilities, but also end up losing credibility with your developers.
  • Continuous Assessment: As new zero day vulnerabilities emerge every week, they will go undetected in your applications if you don’t test continuously. Continuous assessment is also essential if you are looking to integrate security into your software development lifecycle.
  • Remediation Guidance: What separates a great application security testing provider from the rest is the remediation guidance. Find out how much remediation guidance each vendor provides and how reachable and responsive they are to your questions. 
  • Risk Management Capabilities:Most organizations don’t have the resources to fix all vulnerabilities, so select an application security testing solution that lets you effectively monitor and manage risk so that you’re able to easily prioritize and then address the most critical vulnerabilities first.
  • Integrations: Integrations are a critical success factor, so make sure that your application security testing tool fits into the workflows of all stakeholders, and offers integrations with developer tools, GRC systems, WAFs, and any other applications that are commonly used in your organization.
  • Vulnerability Risk Ratings: Vulnerability risk ratings play a critical role when it comes to the prioritization and remediation process, and this is true regardless of the risk management maturity of the organization. Make sure your vendor is constantly keeping a close eye on how vulnerabilities are evolving, and that they update vulnerability ratings as needed to more accurately reflect the potential impact, likelihood of exploitation, and risk of damage associated with them.

At WhiteHat Security, we are constantly evaluating the changing threat landscape and monitoring the dangers that exist to your information infrastructure. Just as you continue to innovate your business, the adversaries continue to mature and refine their capabilities, and it’s our job to help you stay one step ahead of emerging threats.

Some of the things on this list are not easy to verify. However, reference checks, product reviews, evaluations, and customer success stories will help you make the right decision and eliminate your blind spots.

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