Managing AppSec

When your application security program is up and running, you need best-practice advice on managing and growing the program. Our security experts will guide you through important steps like measuring the success of your program or expanding it to cover more of the application landscape.

Bad Things Happen When You Don’t Measure Your AppSec Program

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By Suzanne Ciccone May 23, 2016  | Managing AppSec

If you’re going to spend time, money and effort implementing an application security program, don’t lose your progress by neglecting to collect and share metrics. With strong metrics, you not only prove that your program is making a positive impact, but also identify where and how it’s working – or not working. What happens if you don’t measure? Bad things like these... READ MORE

In AppSec, What You Measure Is as Important as What You Do

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By Suzanne Ciccone May 18, 2016  | Managing AppSec

If you’ve ever wrapped a gift and ended up with a big stripe of the box showing down the middle, you know “measure twice, cut once” is a popular saying for a reason. The need to give equal attention to measuring and doing holds true for a plethora of activities and industries, and application security (AppSec) is no exception. You can implement all the latest and greatest AppSec... READ MORE

Securing the SDLC

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By Jet Anderson May 16, 2016  | Managing AppSec

This post was originally published on May 2, 2016 at: I had the opportunity to speak last week at my local ISSA chapter on the topic of Securing the Software Development Lifecycle. Given the interest it generated among the attendees I realized that this is a topic for MUCH further discussion worthy of at least a few blog posts on thatsjet.... READ MORE

Software Vendors: How to Overcome the Top 3 Developer Objections to Application Security

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By Suzanne Ciccone May 8, 2016  | Managing AppSec

Software vendors will increasingly be on the hook to provide evidence that their code is secure. With mounting pressure from customers, regulations and even competitors, vendors are finding they need to make application security a priority. But as software vendors start their application security journey, the first roadblock they often hit is the development organization. And that can be a... READ MORE

One Problem With Perimeter Security: Today's Networks Shouldn't Even Have A Perimeter

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By Evan Schuman May 6, 2016  | Managing AppSec

Saw an interesting column the other day from a security consultant arguing that healthcare enterprises need to re-envision security and pull information from the network perimeter and back into servers, where everything is easier to control. It's a compelling argument until you get realistic, practical and focus on the reason enterprise networks exist in the first place. Going back to a... READ MORE

How to Get More Done on AppSec Without Adding Staff

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By Arun Vohra April 27, 2016  | Managing AppSec

It doesn't take an army to reduce appsec risk - here are five ways you can get more out of a smaller team. We all know there is a shortage of skilled security professionals in the current marketplace, particularly as many organisations move to address their risk in the application security space. Application security is a higher priority for C-Level Executives these days. This is partly due... READ MORE

The Four(ish) Appsec Metrics You Can’t Ignore

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By Tim Jarrett April 11, 2016  | Managing AppSec

Metrics are important in application security, and not just because they allow us to quantify the otherwise unquantifiable work of reducing risk that application security teams do. Metrics provide us with a way to communicate the progress of an application security program, whether to a development team that needs encouragement, to senior management or the board who want to understand the value... READ MORE

What Gets Measured Gets Done: a Motto to Live by in Application Security

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By Jessica Lavery March 31, 2016  | Managing AppSec

Back in December, the CISO of a financial services company explained how he took his company’s application security program from 0-60 in 12 months. Now, that same CISO explains why measurement was a critical component to the program’s success. As we developed our application security strategy, gaining buy-in from various stakeholders was an essential part of making it a success. But,... READ MORE

9 AppSec Mistakes that are Poisoning Your Progress

Application security testing is an essential part of a global security strategy but if it is not done the right way it can poison your progress. Below I’ll explain the mistakes to avoid in order to test all your applications, find and fix the flaws whilst still creating a global application security programme. 1: Only testing the most critical apps In most cases companies believe that... READ MORE

Why Application Security Is Better Than a Sharp Stick in the Eye

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By Pete Herzog March 22, 2016  | Managing AppSec 10

I'm this security guy. I have a sweet resume with lists of security stuff I did. I got security skills certifications to show I can actually do security and not just be a moderately adequate opponent in Trivial Pursuit Security Edition. So people come to me and ask me to solve their security problems like, “Our client accesses our mojingle over the doobywassy blah blah hackers.”... READ MORE

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