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Intro to AppSec

For those new to application security, we cover the application security basics and answer questions such as what is application security, why it's important, how it fits in the security ecosystem and how to get started.

OWASP Top Ten 2013

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By Neil DuPaul September 18, 2013  | Intro to AppSec

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) was started in 2001 with the avowed mission of ‘making software security visible, so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed discussions about true software risks.’ Since then OWASP’s influence has grown to the point that their Top 10 project is referenced by many standards, books, tools, and organizations... READ MORE

The Real Cost of a Data Breach Infographic

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By Neil DuPaul July 26, 2013  | Intro to AppSec

What happens when you let your application security posture go unchecked? Data breaches happen and with every breach comes a cost. As we've just witnessed in recent headlines regarding the five Eastern European computer programmers that went on a seven year hacking spree, this cost can be quite high with damages estimated to exceed $300 million. The indicted hackers gained access to the... READ MORE

Hacking the Mind: How & Why Social Engineering Works

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By Neil DuPaul March 6, 2013  | 6

Watch a recreation of the phone call that won the 2017 DEFCON Social Engineering CTF! Social engineering: the hack that requires no knowledge of code. Despite its relative simplicity the risks associated with social engineering are just as serious as the numerous hacks that have populated recent headlines. For everyday citizens awareness of social engineering scams and the methods they use that... READ MORE

Five reasons why you need an application security program

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By Jasmine Noel June 18, 2012  | Intro to AppSec

Many organizations looking at application security for the first time struggle with understanding why they should take a programmatic approach to tackling application security. I’ll touch on five reasons in this post on why you should have a program to deal with application security. 1) Address the full scope of the problem A quick look at Quocirca’s survey results shows that... READ MORE

What is Data Integrity? Learn How to Ensure Database Data Integrity via Checks, Tests, & Best Practices

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By Michael Teeling May 14, 2012  | Intro to AppSec 4

Data integrity is a fundamental component of information security. In its broadest use, “data integrity” refers to the accuracy and consistency of data stored in a database, data warehouse, data mart or other construct. The term – Data Integrity - can be used to describe a state, a process or a function – and is often used as a proxy for “data quality”. Data... READ MORE

What is OWASP? Guide to the OWASP Application Security Top 10

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By Neil DuPaul April 25, 2012  | Intro to AppSec 3

Every vibrant technology marketplace needs an unbiased source of information on best practices as well as an active body advocating open standards. In the Application Security space, one of those groups is the Open Web Application Security Project (or OWASP for short). OWASP operates as a non-profit and is not affiliated with any technology company, which means it is in a unique position to... READ MORE

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