More and more, businesses today are staking their success on web and mobile applications. But this explosive rise in the number of apps has created a real problem, as application security issues have rapidly become the No. 1 cause of security breaches.
With that in mind, it has never been more important for organizations to protect their applications and their code. In addition, it is vital that businesses have the ability to identify inherited and new vulnerabilities and have access to quality vulnerability assessment reports to expedite the remediation process.
Fortunately, many vendors have stepped up to the task, adopting a DevSecOps model and implementing security across their software lifecycle. But while this is unquestionably a good thing, it has also led to a lot of complexity. Development and security teams are struggling with how to manage and maintain a proliferation of security tools and options, and it’s having a negative impact on time, productivity and resources.
That’s why today, on Sept. 5, WhiteHat Security is launching the “Simplify Your Application Security” campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to provide businesses with recommendations on how to combat some of the most common application security issues experienced by organizations today, and educate them on how WhiteHat can help them address these issues and improve ROI.
One of the biggest hurdles organizations face when it comes to achieving DevSecOps is a flawed and incomplete funding model for application security, as discussed in WhiteHat’s 2019 Application Security Statistics Report.
Security teams are taking on more accountability and responsibility, and they’re producing more results. But at the same time, they don’t have sufficient resources to address AppSec vulnerabilities — especially when they are already working with short-staffed teams and outdated tools and services.
Challenge 1: Dealing with Multiple Tools & Services
While there has been a proliferation of applications security tools, services and platforms hitting the market in recent years, only a few offer a complete portfolio of security management across the entire software lifecycle. Using, managing and supporting all of these things comes with high costs. It also makes it difficult to derive actionable security metrics, which increases the complexity of reporting.
Challenge 2: A Dearth of Resources Means More Time to Find & Fix
The global shortage of application security professionals is a well known problem in the industry. Organizations are having trouble finding people with the skills and resources needed to keep up with an ever increasing number of cyberattacks. Security teams simply don’t have adequate resourcing and subject matter expertise in AppSec to remediate or mitigate vulnerabilities.
Challenge 3: False Positives: Accuracy of Vulnerabilities
Security approaches taken by most organizations are slow, inaccurate, and unable to scale to cover all business needs. As a result, the amount of time to test applications for vulnerabilities simply takes too long. This is partly due to developers having deadlines and objectives that are more feature/function related as opposed to security centric. Another factor is that development teams are often overworked. All of this leads to a high rate of false positives, which only exacerbates this challenge.
To help development teams meet the timeline of delivering secure code at the speed of business, organizations must first address these key challenges that stand in the way of successful DevSecOps implementation.
Download the Simplify Your Application Security toolkit to learn more about WhiteHat Security’s unified and fully integrated application security platform and how it can help address these challenges and improve the overall security posture of your organization.
Later this month, we’ll discuss how tools and services from WhiteHat can help.