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    I like that it has a better dashboard compared to Clockwork. It's also stable.This solution has helped with the integration and building of our CICD pipeline.
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    It's helping us with security and making sure that we develop faster. It's able to scan every vulnerability. It's very powerful software that one can use to make sure that you have a very good, secure platform.
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    The solution has an established roadmap that lays out its plans for upgrades over the next two to three years. I have found the most valuable feature is security control. I also like the branching and cloning software.
  5. There are multiple different integrations there. We use Mend for CI/CD that goes through Azure as well. It works seamlessly. We never have any issues with it.
  6. GitHub's log of all commits is incredibly valuable. The best feature is the ability to track the history of all code changes, and it's easy to use. Additionally, as it's open source, anyone can use that feature resulting in distributed development. This opens the door to collaboration with different code and developer, feature, and master branches of development.
  7. The entire GitGuardian solution is valuable. The product is doing its job and showing us many things. We get many false positives, but the ability to automatically display potential leaks when developers commit is valuable. The dashboards show you recent and historical commits, and we have a full scan that shows historical leaked secrets.
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  9. The most valuable features of Snyk are vulnerability scanning and automation. The automation the solution brings around vulnerability scanning is useful.
  10. The UI is user-friendly.Checkmarx has helped us deliver more secure products. We are able to do static code analysis with the tool before shipping our code to production. When the integration is in the pipeline, this tool gives us early notifications on code fixes.

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it_user151011 - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Director of Growth at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
On July 15, 2020, several verified Twitter accounts with millions of followers were compromised in a cyberattack. Many of the hacked accounts we protected using two-factor authentication, which the hackers were somehow able to bypass. Hacked accounts included Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates,...
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Ken Shaurette - PeerSpot reviewer
Ken ShauretteFor some good information from a leading expert check out the webinar today 7/17… more »
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Manoj Kumar Kemisetty - PeerSpot reviewer
Manoj Kumar Kemisetty
Sap Advanced Business Application Programming Consultant at Accenture

Hi community members,

Is SonarQube is the best tool for static analysis? Are there any good tools that compete with SonarQube?

Peter Arvedlund - PeerSpot reviewer
Peter ArvedlundI am not very familiar with SonarQube and their solutions, so I can not answer… more »
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Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewer
Community Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 24 2023
There are many cybersecurity tools available, but some aren't doing the job that they should be doing.  What are some of the threats that may be associated with using 'fake' cybersecurity tools? What can people do to ensure that they're using a tool that actually does what it says it does?
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SimonClark - PeerSpot reviewer
SimonClark Dan Doggendorf gave sound advice. Whilst some of the free or cheap… more »
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Shibu Babuchandran - PeerSpot reviewer
Shibu Babuchandran
Regional Manager/ Service Delivery Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Dec 15 2022

Hi community,

What are your top 5 (or less) cyber security trends in 2022?

Thanks in advance!

Pablo Cousino - PeerSpot reviewer
Pablo Cousino1) Security in endpoints (especially because of remote work), especially to… more »
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Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Evgeny Belenky
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Nov 23 2022

Hi infosec pros,

How are these two terms different? What modern tools and techniques should you use to protect each data?

ChrisLowe - PeerSpot reviewer
ChrisLoweData protection at rest - data storage has encryption applied, at the OS… more »
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Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Evgeny Belenky
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Hi peers, I believe many of you have already heard of the recent Log4j/Log4Shell vulnerability that allows attackers to perform remote code execution (RCE). What does it mean for an organization? How can you check you're vulnerable and mitigate/patch it now, if at all? Lastly, what impact do...
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ITSecuri7cfd - PeerSpot reviewer
ITSecuri7cfdYet another chance to test our incident response procedures.  So far I would… more »
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Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Evgeny Belenky
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

Hi peers,

What are the OWASP Top 10 this year? 

What single web app security tool (or a minimum set of tools) would you recommend for overall web app protection (from the most critical security risks covered by these Top 10)?

Andrew Van Der Stock - PeerSpot reviewer
Andrew Van Der StockWe are due to release the OWASP Top 10 2021 on September 24, 2021. We will be… more »
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Application Security Tools Articles

Tjeerd Saijoen - PeerSpot reviewer
Tjeerd Saijoen
CEO at Rufusforyou
Dec 15 2022
Security and protecting your IT environment is the biggest challenge now.  How to prevent ransomware attacks? Part 1 described our approach to proactively protect your environment. The first step is to scan your environment from server to endpoint and check your complete environment on several ...
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Ariel Lindenfeld - PeerSpot reviewer
Ariel Lindenfeld
Sr. Director of Community
We’re launching an annual User’s Choice Award to showcase the most popular B2B enterprise technology products and we want your vote! If there’s a technology solution that’s really impressed you, here’s an opportunity to recognize that. It’s easy: go to the PeerSpot voting site, complete the brie...
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Deena Nouril - PeerSpot reviewer
Deena Nouril
Tech Blogger
What is OWASP? The OWASP or Open Web Application Security Project is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving software security. It operates under an open community model, meaning that anyone can participate in and contribute to OWASP-related online chats and projects. The OWASP ensures tha...
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Ben Arbeit - PeerSpot reviewer
Ben ArbeitThanks for this informative article.
Jairo Willian Pereira - PeerSpot reviewer
Jairo Willian PereiraOWASP is nice, but very specific and currently limited. How about trying… more »
Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Evgeny Belenky
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Hi community members, Here is our new Community Spotlight for YOU. We publish it to help you catch up on recent contributions by community members. Do you find it useful? Please comment below! Trending Top HCI in 2022 What are the main differences between XDR and SIEM? Articles Top ...
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Ram Chenna - PeerSpot reviewer
Ram Chenna
Enterprise Architect at CDPL
Privacy Concerns in an RPA Implementation Program. The biggest concern we (as RPA solution implementors) have faced when interacting with clients and customers were: 1. Regulatory and Compliance issues. 2. InfoSec and Security issues. 3. Audit Issues. Regulatory and Compliance Issues: There...
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Tjeerd Saijoen - PeerSpot reviewer
Tjeerd Saijoen
CEO at Rufusforyou
ICT is getting more and more complex: today I have several systems in Chicago, several more in Amsterdam and if you need to protect your environment you will need to check on-premises, the cloud at Amazon, and the cloud at Microsoft Azure.  Why is Performance related to security? For the foll...
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Shibu Babuchandran - PeerSpot reviewer
Shibu BabuchandranVery good insights about correlation for security with performance.
Johann Delaunay - PeerSpot reviewer
Johann DelaunayInteresting positioning and way of thinking, thank you very much for the… more »
Tjeerd Saijoen - PeerSpot reviewer
Tjeerd Saijoen
CEO at Rufusforyou
How are security and performance related to each other? Today a lot of monitor vendors are on the market, most of the time they focus on a particular area, for example, APM (Application Performance Monitoring) or Infrastructure monitoring. Is this enough to detect and fix all problems? Now our ...
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Caleb Miller - PeerSpot reviewer
Caleb MillerGood article, but the spelling and grammatical errors are pretty blatant.
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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Netanya Carmi
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Application security is a challenging yet essential issue that your organization must be sure to address. Protecting your applications as well as your application programming interfaces (APIs) is necessary not only against attack but also from application security vulnerabilities that can presen...
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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Netanya Carmi
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
More and more people around the world are turning to mobile banking apps for speed and ease of taking care of all of their banking needs with the swipe of a finger and from the comfort of their own homes. But with the prevalence of mobile banking apps come greater risks to the security of sensiti...
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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Netanya Carmi
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
What is Cloud Application Security?Application security involves all the ways in which application vulnerabilities are prevented, detected, and resolved. Not only your networks and your on-premises data need to be secured, but so does any data that your company stores and shares in the cloud. N...
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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Netanya Carmi
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
It is essential that all applications used by your organization have their security assessed regularly. It is not enough to build security into your application or to check the security when going live. Applications are constantly changing and evolving, and with that come security risks that must...
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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Netanya Carmi
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
How is Application Security Configured? The objective of secure configuration is to minimize the possible attack surface of an application. This can be done in a number of ways. For example, unnecessary application functions can be disabled or removed, configuration defaults can be modified, err...
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Application Security Tools Topics

Application Security

The members of IT Central Station (soon to be Peerspot)  were clear on what was most important when evaluating Application Security: while some also mentioned that the software should be silent and have the ability to lock down configuration settings, everyone agreed that quality Application Security should provide intelligent data and come with a solid reputation, a strong usage pattern, efficient data handling, and a clean design. Members also mentioned documentation and maintenance as benefits.

Application Security vs Network Security

While both network security and application security seek out weaknesses in your company’s security posture and both are necessary for a comprehensive, multi-layered risk-management program, the two differ in the following ways.

Network security, also known as vulnerability management or vulnerability assessment, is network-level protection of information assets and systems from intrusions, breaches, and other threats. Network security consists of three different types of controls. Physical network security prevents unauthorized personnel from accessing physical network components such as routers and cabling. Access is prevented through controlled access, such as biometric authentication and locks. Technical network security protects data and systems both from authorized as well as unauthorized personnel. Administrative network security consists of rules, security processes, and policies that control user behavior. This includes levels of access, methods of authentication, overall threat protections, and how changes are made to the IT infrastructure. Network security involves workstations, routers, servers, and wireless networks and incorporates technologies such as intrusion prevention systems (IPS), firewalls, and data-loss prevention (DLP). In addition, vulnerability scanners, secure web gateways, and patch management tools may be used to discover and prevent security weaknesses.

Application security (AppSec), on the other hand, is the protection of applications on a software level. The majority of successful security breaches target vulnerabilities in the application layer rather than in the network layer. Application security includes front ends and source code and involves systems such as databases, websites, client and server applications, and mobile apps. Applications are secured using technologies such as web application firewalls, cloud access security brokers (CASBs), and source code analyzers. Proper AppSec can prevent security vulnerabilities in your own code as well as in third-party components used within your applications.

Application Security vs Software Security

Application Security vs Software Security

Software and the infrastructure on which the software runs need to be protected. This involves both software security, which is proactive and takes place in the pre-deployment phase, and application security, which is reactive, taking place once the software has already been deployed.

Software security is about designing and building software that is secure.
It involves a holistic approach to improve your organization’s information security posture, safeguard its assets, and enforce data privacy.
Software defects can be exploited by malicious intruders and used to hack into systems. Internet-enabled software presents the most common security risk, and as software becomes more complex, the problem only grows.

Secure software is software that is engineered to continue to function correctly even under malicious attack. To ensure that software is secure, security must be built into all phases of the SDLC (software development life cycle).

Software security activities take place during the design, coding, and testing phases, and may include:

  • Secure software design
  • Development of secure coding guidelines
  • Secure coding that follows the established guidelines
  • Development of secure configuration procedures and standards
  • User authentication
  • Validation of user input
  • User session management
  • Implementation of an encoding strategy
  • Function level access control
  • Use of cryptography to secure data both in transit and at rest
  • Validation of third-party components
  • Arrest of any flaws in the software architecture/design

Application security, on the other hand, is about protecting software and the systems run by the software after it has been developed.

Application security activities include:

  • Post deployment security tests
  • Capture of flaws in software environment configuration
  • Malicious code detection
  • Sandboxing of code
  • Patching/upgrading
  • IP filtering
  • Executable lockdown
  • Monitoring of programs as they run
  • Enforcing the software use policy
  • Dealing with extensible systems
How to Secure an Application

In order to protect your organization, it is important that you implement a mobile app security checklist. Here is what it should include:

1. Enforce multi-factor authentication

The three main factors used for authentication are:

  • something the user knows (e.g. a PIN or password)
  • something the user has (e.g. a mobile device)
  • something the user is (e.g. his fingerprint)

Combining several of these reduces the risk of access by an unauthorized user. In addition, you can restrict use to certain times of day or locations.

2. Encrypt mobile communications

Strong encryption between mobile apps and app servers can help prevent threats such as snooping and man-in-the-middle attacks. Ensure that both traffic and data at rest are encrypted. When possible, prevent ultra-sensitive data from being downloaded to the end user device in the first place.

3. Patch OS and app vulnerabilities

In addition to flaws in mobile operating systems, there are constant updates and fixes to apps that can open up vulnerabilities. Make sure the latest updates and patches have been applied on mobile devices.

4. Scan apps for malware

Test apps for malicious behavior using signature-based scanning tools or virtual sandboxing or. Also perform malware scans on the servers for your virtual mobile solutions or mobile workspace.

5. Protect against device theft

In case a mobile device from within your organization is lost or stolen, you should either have a way to wipe sensitive corporate data from it remotely, or not have company data stored on the device to begin with.

6. Protect the data on your device

If you must store sensitive data on a device, make sure it is encrypted with the latest encryption technologies. And only store it in data stores, databases, and files.

7. Properly secure your platform

8. Prevent data leaks

Separate apps used for business from personal apps. Creating a secure mobile workspace can help prevent malware from accessing your organization’s apps and can also prevent users from copying or distributing sensitive data.

To prevent the leaking of confidential data:

  • Prevent copy and paste functions.
  • Block screen captures.
  • Prevent users from downloading or saving confidential files to their phone or to sharing sites, connected devices, or drives.
  • Watermark any sensitive files with the usernames and timestamps of who accessed them and when.

9. Optimize data caching‌‌

In order to enhance your application’s performance, mobile devices generally store cached data. This opens up both the device and the app to vulnerabilities and often results in stolen user data. Requiring a password to access the app can help reduce these vulnerabilities. You can also set up an automatic process to wipe cached data each time the device is restarted.

10. Isolate app information‌‌

Using a container-based model can help you keep corporate data separate from your employee’s private data. This will help to reduce the risk of corporate data loss. ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌

Application Security Importance

All applications have security flaws. No app is perfect. The faster and sooner in the development process you can find and fix these flaws, the better off your enterprise will be.

With today’s continuous deployment and integration of applications, apps are being updated and refined constantly. This means that security tools need to keep the pace, finding issues with code much faster than they did in the past.

Interestingly enough, as new applications continue to come out, new vulnerabilities are constantly introduced. We are actually creating many of the tools that cybercriminals use against us and building them right into our applications.

Your organization needs an application security program in order to ensure that as your apps are developed and managed, they are secure and are not opening your company up to attack.

There are four main reasons why application security is important:

  1. Securing sensitive information - This is a major concern for most people, which is why it should be important to your organization.
  2. Preventing potential attacks - Find the vulnerabilities before the hackers do.
  3. Improving your reputation - Businesses that excel at application security have reported increased sales, higher consumer loyalty, and better reputations.
  4. Efficiency - Integrating application security tools into your development settings can ultimately simplify your workflow.
Need for Application Security

One of the reasons apps are such a popular target is because organizations are not careful enough about securing them. In fact, 79% of developers have an ineffective application security process or none at all. While businesses spend billions securing their hardware, network, and perimeter, they are not investing sufficiently in the security of their applications.

You need to secure your apps because:

1. Your applications are inextricably tied to the success of your business. Insecure applications equal an insecure business.

2. Most, if not all, apps are vulnerable. According to a report by Veracode, 70% of all applications they looked at had at least one of the top 10 web vulnerabilities.

3. Apps are the number one attack target and attacks against them are growing by more than 25% per year.

4. You can’t afford not to. Data breaches cost businesses around the world hundreds of millions of dollars. If you experience a data breach, you will have to deal with:

  • Lost revenue due to stolen data, lower sales, or falling stock prices.
  • The price of investigation and cleanup
  • The cost of downtime. Every hour of downtime can cost you $100,000.
  • Long-term damage to your brand reputation
Application Security Best Practices

The following are ten web application security best practices that will help to secure the web applications that you develop and maintain:

1. Keep track of your assets. Know what servers you’re using for what functions and what software is running in which app. If you don’t know exactly what you have, you can’t protect it. Automate the process as much as possible to prevent issues later on. Classify your assets as well, noting which ones are more critical or less important to your business functions. You will want to know this later when you are working on threat assessment and remediation strategy.

2. Perform a threat assessment. Once you know what needs protecting, you can start to figure out what you are protecting it against and how. Hire an external company to audit your application objectively. They can give you a baseline and let you know where your security is lacking.

3. Stay on top of patching. Patching your software with updates is one of the most important things you can do to keep your software safe. Whenever a vulnerability is discovered and reported, security advisories report it and, ideally, a fix is created. But the patch can’t help you if you don’t use it. Update and patch whenever updates and patches are available.

4. Implement proper logging so you will have all the information about what occurred, what led to it occurring, and what else was going on concurrently.

5. Manage privileges. Limit access to data and applications to those who really need it. This both protects you from insider threats and also reduces the damage a hacker can do once he infiltrates a particular part of your system.

6. Encrypt! It is important that you use encryption holistically to protect your application, considering data at rest as well as data in transit, and looking at encryption from every angle. Make sure you are using an SSL that is up-to-date. An HTTPS encryption is a good start but it’s not enough to protect you from all attacks. Use security products that come recommended and will get the job done.

7. Use real-time security protection and monitoring. In addition to a firewall and a WAF (web application firewall), use a RASP (Runtime Application Self-Protection) tool or an Application Security Management platform that can provide RASP and in-app WAF modules. This gives you the widest range of protection, both internally and externally.

8. Manage containers. Although containers come with security advantages, they still face risks, as does the code stored within them. Run automated scans for open source and proprietary vulnerabilities, and use a tool to sign all your own images.

9. Prioritize remediation ops. To do this, perform a threat assessment based on the severity of the vulnerability, the importance of the impacted app to your operations, and other factors. Then implement a strategy that prioritizes the most pressing threats first and leaves lower-risk ones to be dealt with later.

10. Use penetration testing. Hire either a professional hacking firm or a freelancer, but hire someone. Good pen testers will comb through your code to find weak points and figure out exactly how hackers will try to break into your application.

Application Security Benefits

Application security:

  • Protects sensitive data
  • Reduces both internal and third-party risks
  • Builds your customers’ confidence (by keeping their data secure)
  • Maintains your brand image
  • Improves trust from crucial lenders and investors
Types of Application Security

Types of application security include:

  • Authentication: Procedures built into an application to ensure that it is accessed by authorized users only and that the user is who he says he is. Multi-factor authentication requires several forms of authentication. These factors might include a password, a verification code sent to your cell phone, or a fingerprint.
  • Authorization: An authenticated user must also have permission to use the application. This can be done by checking the user’s identity against a list of authorized users.
  • Encryption: Once a user is using the application, sensitive data is encrypted in order to prevent cybercriminals from accessing it.
  • Logging: By keeping a log of all events that occur in your system, you can identify who accessed what data and how if there is ever a security breach.
  • Application security testing: Once you have implemented all of these security controls, test them to make sure they are working properly.
Run-time Application Self Protection (RASP)

RASP is a technology that is designed to detect attacks on an application in real time. When an application begins to run, RASP kicks in and analyzes the app’s behavior as well as the context of that behavior in order to identify threats that might have been overlooked by other security solutions..

RASP operates on the server the app is running on, and can protect both web and non-web apps. It makes sure that all calls from the application to the system are secure and directly validates data requests inside the app.

When a security event occurs, RASP takes control of the app. It can be set to diagnostic mode, in which case an alarm will alert the IT department that there is a problem. Or it can be set to protection mode, in which case it will try to stop the event by preventing the execution of an app or terminating the user’s session.

Application Development Security

The application layer is the number one attack surface for hackers - 84% of cyber attacks occur on the application layer. You should be building security into the software development life cycle (SDLC). Below are four best practices for secure application development:

  1. Use software composition analysis (SCA) to find open source components during the development stages of an app. This way you know exactly what’s in your code.
  2. Know how your applications will be deployed and incorporate that information into your threat models. Your strategies will vary depending on how the app is going to be used.
  3. There are all kinds of tools for software security testing, including RASP (runtime application security testing), DAST (dynamic application security testing), SAST (static application security testing), IAST (interactive application security testing), and penetration testing. Know your tools and use them appropriately.
  4. Security shouldn’t be an afterthought. Create security requirements. Build security into the development process.
Application Development Best Practices
  1. Research. In order to make sure you are developing an app that is actually needed and wanted, look into the following: Who is your target audience? What value will your app offer them? What similar apps are out there and how will yours differ?
  2. Keep it simple. Reduce unnecessary complexity in your code wherever possible. Along with this principle come the ideas of DRY (don’t repeat yourself) and YAGNI (you ain’t gonna need it - in other words, don’t write code that you don’t need right now.)
  3. Test continually from end to end. Full integration testing will ensure that all the components are working together as expected. It also increases code coverage.

  4. Consistency is key. Your team should have a style guide for their codebase and every member should stick to it.

  5. Acknowledge imperfections. Nobody’s perfect and mistakes happen. To ensure final code quality, have someone review your code before merging.
  6. Be realistic. Your estimation for time and budget needs will improve with experience, but try some tools that can help with this. If you are too far off it can cause issues with quality, output, and team morale.
  7. Plan ahead. Your app is going to need to be maintained and updated, and you’re going to need to be able to pay for that. You also want your app to be easy to access and change whenever you want to make an update.
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