Our latest SoSS release is a feature supplement, these allow us to extend our analysis to a variety of topical areas. This feature supplement focuses on the actual state of vendor application security testing programs currently being implemented by our enterprise customers.
Key findings of the report include:
- Currently few enterprises have vendor application security testing programs in place, but the volume of assessments within organizations is growing
- Less than one in five enterprises have requested a code-level security test from at least one vendor
- However, the volume of vendor supplied software or application assessments continues to grow with a 49% increase from the first quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012
- There is a Gap Between Enterprise Standard and Industry Standard Compliance
- 38% of vendor supplied applications complied with enterprise-defined policies vs. 10% with the OWASP Top Ten and 30% with CWE/SANS Top 25 industry-defined standards.
- Some of the most dangerous vulnerabilities in vendor applications are also the most prevalent
- Four of the top five flaw categories for web applications are also among the OWASP Top 10 most dangerous flaws and five of the top six flaw categories for non-web applications appear on the CWE/SANS Top 25 list of most dangerous flaws.
- SQL injection and cross-site scripting affect 40 percent and 71 percent of vendor-supplied web application versions, respectively.
- Only 10 percent of applications tested complied with the OWASP Top Ten list and 30 percent with the CWE/SANS Top 25 industry standards
- With 62% of applications failing to reach compliance on first submission, procedures for managing non-compliant applications are an important aspect of an enterprise’s security policy
- 11% of vendors resubmitted new versions of applications for testing but are still out of compliance with enterprise policies
- Structured Testing Programs Promote Higher Participation
- Enterprises that relied on an ad-hoc approach when requesting application security testing averaged four participating vendors, whereas enterprises with a structured approach had much higher levels of success, averaging participation from 38 vendors.
- Enterprises with structured programs enabled more vendors to achieve compliance quickly, with 45 percent of vendor applications becoming compliant within one week.
- By contrast, enterprises with an ad hoc program only saw 28 percent of third-party applications achieve compliance within one week
The report is chock full of brand new data and graphs galore. If you’re an enterprise organization you don’t want to miss the latest State of Software Security report!