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Provided below are short overviews of WhiteHat's website security whitepapers. Click on "read more" to review an excerpt from the whitepaper or click on "download now." Our new whitpapers require registration, all others are complimentary. If you would like multiple whitepapers please send an email to WhiteHat listing the whitepapers you require. A representative will forward the information to you within 1-business day.

 

Shall we play a game? Implementing a positive security incentives program

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Priority #1 for those tasked with application security is making sure nothing bad or unexpected happens to their company website. Many do their jobs exceedingly well, however, their accomplishments often go unrewarded or even unnoticed. This is a big challenge when there are over 700 million websites today.

Security teams, and application security teams in particular, are programs that offer positive rewards for building and reinforcing strong security practices. Positive security incentives help ensure that developers, application security practitioners and other stakeholders alike are rewarded along the way for taking measurable steps to build-in security.

There are several steps that can be taken when designing a positive security incentives program.

Read this paper to better understand how to:

  • Identify the stakeholders.
  • Determine goals and timing.
  • Identify obstacles.
  • Define metrics.
  • Have a backup plan.
  • We'll also examine how Salesforce.com successfully implement a security incentive program for its employees.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the tools and metrics you need to gain management support and funding for an effective application security program for your organization.

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A Strategic Approach to Web Application Security

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Over the past few years, both the sophistication of IT security threats and the number of breaches and thefts have escalated, and with more data, applications, IP, and other assets coming online every day, those risk exposures are only increasing. In virtually every industry, nearly every organization faces substantial risks involving lost trust of customers and investors resulting from security breaches. And, while the indirect costs are difficult to measure (though they are inarguably meaningful), the direct costs are painfully easy to see.

Given the unprecedented exposures and potential for large monetary losses, organizations must quantify the financial impact of security risks, data breaches, and the protective measures associated with total cost of Web application security tools and services that can prevent and/or mitigate them.

This white paper breaks down the total cost of Web application security in specific risk categories associated with successful attacks. It will also discuss the costs to protect websites, resulting in a TCO model that can help to quantify the costs of Web application security compared to the costs of data breaches. In this white paper, you will:

  • Understand the risk and impact of application data breaches.
  • Understand the level and degree of protection provided by various alternative approaches.
  • Develop a framework to help identify low-cost mitigation alternaties for your specific environment.
  • Take advantage of industry governance standards.
  • See how you can use a TCO calculator to model the costs of vulnerability mitigation for various alternatives, and understand the corresponding impact on the break risk.
  • Learn how to present a financial justification to key executives.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the tools and metrics you need to gain management support and funding for an effective application security program for your organization.

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Application Security: Tools for getting management support and funding

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You know the importance of finding and eliminating application vulnerabilities. But making the argument for an effective application security program isn’t easy.

Download our new white paper, Application Security: Tools for getting management support and funding, written by John Pescatore, in conjunction with the SANS Institute, the largest source for information security training and security certification.

In this paper, you’ll learn how to choose the right strategy for your organization and:

  • Show why web application have become prime targets for vulnerabilities.
  • Protect applications throughout the application lifecycle.
  • Use publicized incidents to illustrate what happens without an effective application security program.
  • Take advantage of industry governance standards.
  • Put together your own model to compare risk versus investment.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the tools and metrics you need to gain management support and funding for an effective application security program for your organization.

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The State of Web Application Security – an IANS custom report

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Many businesses today, from small retail organizations to large enterprises, are struggling with Web application security. Many organizations do not fully understand the risks of Web application attacks and arcane references like “OWASP Top 10” simply confuse them even more. With the prevalence of Web application hacks in the news, the top questions asked by many are “How likely are we to be hacked?” and “What can we do to defend ourselves?”

The answers may differ to some extent depending on the organization answering the questions, but there are a number of fundamental best practices that have stood the test of time. Some of the defenses have changed, however, and many new attack vectors are emerging too.

In this paper, we will explore the history of Web application attacks and look at how they’re evolving today. We’ll also show how organizations are handling Web application security internally and how mobile devices are playing a role in application security. How are enterprises creating and managing application security programs today? More organizations are realizing the need for an in-house application security program. We will shed light on this evolving area and provide tactical guidance for setting up your own internal application security program.

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