Application Security Testing

Application Security Testing

Application security is the number one priority of security professionals, but developers just want to code. Getting developers to use Application Security Testing is one of the biggest challenges facing security professionals today. Application Security is built around the concept of ensuring that the code written for an application does what it was built to do, and keeps the contained data secure. According to Gartner, application security puts a primary focus on three elements:

  • Reducing security vulnerabilities and risks
  • Improving security features and functions such as authentication, encryption or auditing
  • Integrating with the enterprise security infrastructure

Application Security Testing solutions should include the following solutions:

  • Static Application Security Testing

SAST, also known as white-box testing, has proven to be one of the most effective ways to eliminate software flaws.
No matter how much effort went into a thorough architecture and design, applications can still sustain vulnerabilities. Static Application Security Testing examines the “blueprint” of your application, without executing the code. SAST solutions create a meticulous model of how the application interacts with users and other data and identifies critical vulnerabilities quickly with the help of automation. The technology works to detect flaws such as SQL injection, Cross-Site Scripting and Cross-Site Request Forgery as early in the software development lifecycle. Finding these vulnerabilities in the early stages of the SDLC saves major time and remediation efforts and expenses than if a flaw were found towards the end of the cycle.

  • Source Code Analysis

SAST, also known as white-box testing, has proven to be one of the most effective ways to eliminate software flaws.
No matter how much effort went into a thorough architecture and design, applications can still sustain vulnerabilities. Static Application Security Testing examines the “blueprint” of your application, without executing the code. SAST solutions create a meticulous model of how the application interacts with users and other data and identifies critical vulnerabilities quickly with the help of automation. The technology works to detect flaws such as SQL injection, Cross-Site Scripting and Cross-Site Request Forgery as early in the software development lifecycle. Finding these vulnerabilities in the early stages of the SDLC saves major time and remediation efforts and expenses than if a flaw were found towards the end of the cycle.

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