A pragmatic way to reduce application-layer risk. Finally.

 

“Today’s CSOs need a plan. You must execute on a structured program that keeps you focused on the five Reasons to Secure: Maintain business system availability, protect intellectual property, [...]. Showing the value of security to the organization and proving the safety of the computing environment to internal and external auditors are no longer optional activities.”

The Pragmatic CSO: 12 Steps to Being a Security Master, Mike Rothman, Securosis

Software is more complex than ever. Development cycles are shorter than ever. No wonder most successful attacks now target the application layer.* 

Why is the application layer the leading vector for cyber-attacks?

Now that most enterprises are proficient at hardening traditional perimeters with next-generation firewalls, IDS/IPS systems and advanced end-point security technologies, cyber-attackers have turned their attention to the path of least resistance — web-facing applications.
 
At the same time, web applications have become the primary engine of business innovation — and they're particularly vulnerable because they're:
  • Assembled as hybrid code from a combination of in-house development, third-party libraries and open source — without visibility into which components contain critical vulnerabilities.
  • Continuously being updated — with developers under constant pressure to ship code to support new business initiatives.
  • Even more vulnerable with Web 2.0 technologies that increase the attack surface by incorporating client-side logic, using complex JavaScript or RIA technologies such as Adobe Flash.
  • Constantly exposed to cyber-attackers located anywhere in the world, who can easily scan for common vulnerabilities such as SQL injection using freely-available tools — as often as they like.

Why is it hard?

  • There's a high level of variability in languages and platforms — and even in the security standards and policies across teams in your own organization.
  • Developers don't consistently follow secure coding practices — and they're concerned about being slowed down by bulky processes.
  • Audit and compliance standards are continuously evolving — with independent attestation increasingly required, especially for third-party software.
  • Legacy, on-premises approaches to application security have brought added complexity — plus require specialized skills which are in short supply — slowing time-to-market and further increasing risk.

Effectively securing your global application infrastructure is a multi-dimensional challenge — especially given the sheer number of applications and disparate organizations that should ideally be governed by common policies, metrics and reporting. It's clear that a fundamentally different approach is required — one that enables you to implement a structured and ongoing program through a series of pragmatic steps.

How we can help

We're the most widely used cloud-based platform for securing web, mobile, legacy and third-party applications.

Fact is, more than 500 organizations trust our simpler and more scalable approach to secure their application infrastructures — including three of the top four banks in the Fortune 100. We’ve analyzed tens of thousands of applications for threats and we've been a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader since 2010.

Using our smart, cloud-based and programmatic approach to application-layer security, you can drive your innovations to market faster — without hiring more consultants or installing more servers and tools — and without sacrificing security in the process.

We can help you define and execute a successful plan for reducing your global application-layer risk, by enabling you to:

*SOURCE: Verizon DBIR