When it comes to answering the questions, what is application security, and how does it work?, misunderstandings abound. Why is application security so misunderstood? Perhaps it’s because vulnerabilities are an abstract concept that hasn’t been explored in depth in the media or in software development coursework. Perhaps it’s because for years, network security and endpoint security were sufficient tools for protecting your data. Or perhaps it’s because initial attempts at providing application security were not efficient or effective, creating a lasting impression that application security isn’t worth the investment.

Whatever the reason, some “common knowledge” around application security is actually false and has kept enterprises from exploring this important aspect of the security ecosystem. As with all first impressions, changing the perception around application security is an uphill battle. And even as companies are starting to recognize the need to secure the software that runs their businesses, we still hear many misconceptions when discussing application security practices and programs.

This guide debunks several common logical fallacies around application security, illuminating the truth about the most misunderstood area of IT security. We hope you find it both entertaining and enlightening.

Suzanne is part of the content team at Veracode, working to create resources that shed light on AppSec problems and solutions. 

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