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.

The Veracode Platform: Where Development and Security Come Together

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By Suzanne Ciccone April 11, 2017  | Intro to AppSec
Bringing security and development together

The development of software has become a continuous, integrated process that reaches beyond your internal development team. This allows your organization to grow and innovate like never before, but also requires you to think about security differently. Different teams with different priorities Security and development teams each have very different AppSec priorities, needs and requirements.... READ MORE

The Importance of Application Security: A Few of the Benefits and Risks

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By Melissa Francis January 19, 2017  | Intro to AppSec
Benefits versus risks of application security programs.

Application security is no longer optional; it has become an absolute necessity. With an increasing number of companies welcoming the idea of developing their own apps, in addition to purchasing record numbers of apps and incorporating open source code into their apps, the risks and vulnerabilities associated have also risen manifold. I’ve worked as a Security Program Manager at Veracode... READ MORE

Where Pen Testing Belongs in Your Application Security Process

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By Suzanne Ciccone December 29, 2016  | Intro to AppSec
What is manual penetration testing?

What Is Manual Penetration Testing? Manual penetration testing (pen testing) is an application security method in which a human pen tester manually tries to hack into an application to find vulnerabilities. An important component of your overall application security program, this method can identify vulnerabilities that cannot be detected with automation, such as business logic flaws. Its... READ MORE

Applications Have a New Role in Today’s Digital World: What Are the Security Implications?

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By Suzanne Ciccone December 29, 2016  | Intro to AppSec
Role of applications in today's digital world.

In a previous blog post, we explored how software is “eating the world,” and how applications have gone from a nice-to-have to a critical part of running a business. As enterprises are forced to develop and buy more and more software – and at a lightning pace in order to keep up with the competition – what are the security implications? Cyberattackers are increasingly... READ MORE

Application Security? But I Have a WAF!

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By Tim Jarrett December 28, 2016  | Intro to AppSec
Firewalls don't catch everything.

It seems so tempting. Solve your application security problem by throwing an appliance at it. After all, if web applications are the most common form of attack, why not just protect them the same way you protect your network and email servers, and be done with it? Why should you spend time hunting down vulnerabilities in your code and figuring out how to fix them? The “appliance throwing... READ MORE

Surviving a Password Policy Perfect Storm

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By Andrew Hamilton December 27, 2016  | Intro to AppSec

As a security consultant, I see examples all the time of applications that don’t implement defense-in-depth to reduce the risk of account compromises. One area where this is especially problematic is password policy. Password policies can contribute to a strong application security strategy, or create a false sense of security while leaving user data and applications open to attack. Weak... READ MORE

What's the Worst That Can Happen? The Cost of a "Do Nothing" AppSec Plan

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By Suzanne Ciccone December 19, 2016  | Intro to AppSec

Do you think you don’t need application security? Maybe you think application security is too complex, or too expensive. Maybe you think, we haven’t been breached yet, what are the chances? And even if someone tries, we have a WAF. It might seem more cost-effective to simply “do nothing” rather than invest in application security. But you should be aware that there is... READ MORE

How to Evaluate and Select Application Security Testing Vendors

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By Joseph Feiman December 5, 2016  | Intro to AppSec

The application security testing (AST) market is getting crowded. In addition, many of the vendors offer multiple technologies, and are promising even more advanced technologies in the near future. Some deliver technologies as tools, some as services. And these technologies are all priced differently. The question is: How do you evaluate the marketplace and select the right vendor? In this blog,... READ MORE

The Role of Applications in Today’s Digital World

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By Suzanne Ciccone December 1, 2016  | Intro to AppSec
Software security in the modern world.

Five years ago, Marc Andreessen famously stated that “software is eating the world,” and it has and is in ways that he probably couldn’t have imagined even five years ago. Applications are no longer a nice-to-have. They play a central role in how and why businesses operate, and companies are producing them in unprecedented numbers. In fact, a typical $500 million-plus enterprise... READ MORE

Building Your Application Security Program: The People Problem

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By Suzanne Ciccone November 28, 2016  | Intro to AppSec

As applications play an increasingly important role in business operations, your application landscape also gets increasingly complex. And it’s not going to get simpler anytime soon. The nature of the data applications manage means application security has become critical, but the nature of the application landscape means application security requires more than just implementing a tool.... READ MORE

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