You’ve dipped your toes into the AppSec waters, but now it’s time to wade in a little further. Many organizations understand application security is important, and maybe they’ve done some scanning or pen testing of a handful of apps. But many are also unsure what comes next, or even if anything needs to come next.

The reality is that Web application attacks are now the most frequent pattern in confirmed breaches, and a one-time scan or pen test of a handful of business-critical apps will not protect you from these breaches. A program that continuously assesses the applications an organization builds, buys or assembles — from inception to production — will. But you don’t need to dive into the deep end right away –we’re just going from toe dipping to wading here. The following are some good next steps:

When you’re ready to wade in a little further, consider:

Take the plunge

The bottom line is that you will only truly reduce the risk of cyberattacks through the application layer when you move forward from scanning a few apps to implementing a program that improves the security of the applications you build, buy and assemble, and across their lifecycles, from inception through production. It’s OK to wade in slowly, but at some point, you’ll need to take the plunge.

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About Suzanne Ciccone

Suzanne is a marketing writer at Veracode. In this role, she’s part of a team working to shed light on AppSec through compelling and clear content. Suzanne has been a professional editor and writer for many years, for companies including Forrester Research, Cengage Learning and EBSCO Information Services.

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