When evaluating Application Security, what aspect do you think is the most important to look for?

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Ariel Lindenfeld - PeerSpot reviewer
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Cyber Security Advisor - Director at Fort Net UK
Top 5Leaderboard
Sep 16, 2021

Most companies have hundreds of apps so it is impractical to ensure every single app is always meeting your security policies especially when they may have third-party components embedded. Another way to approach this may be to look at zero-trust networking and micro-segmentation. Using low-cost cloud-based micro-segmentation tools you can prevent any new code from running on servers and apps. 

Furthermore, keep legacy software and OS operational that may not be receiving security updates anymore. Even if a third-party component gets infected the zero-trust approach will prevent it from launching. Additionally, if a device did get infected with ransomware the micro-segmentation would prevent the ransomware from moving laterally throughout the network - this is an area most networks are not protected - 


Micro-segmentation and zero-trust are recommended by Gartner and Forrester as a key initiative for every enterprise. It will help you secure applications and will add a lot more security, visibility and control to your network.

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Real User
Oct 9, 2020

I would check the authentication steps required. How does the data storage work in-app? Encryption and if any ciphering algorithm is used in applications.

Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewer
Community Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Community Manager
Oct 11, 2020

@Nijesh V P Thanks for weighing in!

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Chief Architect at Peristent Systems
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Sep 20, 2021

Multiple aspects need to be looked at. I'm listing a few critical ones:

1. Hidden passwords and secrets within the application.

2. Check IaaC, Docker, K8 scripts - do they have the right configuration? Wrt Kubernetes and "Hardening Guidance" were released by NSA and CISA (Cybersecurity Technical Report). You need to check if these checks are successful.

3. Validate open-source security vulnerabilities (SCA). This is one area that many projects miss out on and is a very important one to focus on. Read the May 12 release (from US Whitehouse) around this.

4. Do dynamic application security testing using the application URL, in addition to static code check.

reviewer1548102 - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr Sales Development Representative - North America at Checkmarx
Apr 5, 2021

- Supported Languages

- Integration into CI/CD Pipelines

- Feedback loop to various roles:

like Senior Leadership: Dashboard / High Level Metrics

Developers & Security Professionals : IDE Integration/CICD Plugins/GitHub Actions

- Suggests remediation

- Filter out false positives

- Scan for only certain vulnerability types / signatures

- Scan times vs. Code Scanning coverage

-on-premises solution

-complies with compliant  standards like OWASPS,PCI, HIPPA etc

DevSecOps Evangelist & Coach at Shiftleft
Feb 3, 2021

Application Security solutions need to work for developers and facilitate their interaction with AppSec including things like training/education. It needs to be fast enough to work on the main CI/CD pipeline and it needs to be trustworthy.

it_user713619 - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Secuity with 11-50 employees
Aug 2, 2017

understand the development lifecycle and embed appropriate controls

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it_user462063 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at CGI
Real User
Jun 14, 2016

Secure User access solution, (2 factor authentication etc). Ability to provide only the required user access privileges based on user type. Secure communication between user and application and application and database. Encryption of database depending on sensitivity of data.

it_user406956 - PeerSpot reviewer
General Manager at Acunetix
Real User
Mar 16, 2016

Applications is not an easy task -- especially when the application is in a constant state of flux to accommodate and adapt to business needs. One of the most important, yet overlooked aspects of application security is to know what you are defending and to understand it properly. It's critical to have an understanding of an application from the outside-in of what technologies it relies on; potential risks associated with it; and organizational impact associated with a security breach in that application.

Properly understanding an application allows you to identify possible weak spots and also helps you narrow down your scope during testing, as well as knowing what vulnerabilities, bad coding practices and patches your organization need to watch out for. It's good to also keep in mind that understanding a target is the first step an attacker takes -- knowing about, and fixing that bug or mis-configuration before an attacker exploits it is the aim of the game.

Furthermore, while aiming to prevent security vulnerabilities is a step in the right direction towards reducing your risk surface, preventive measures alone are not going to provide you with evidence to back-up your efforts. Even the best and brightest security conscious engineers miss a vulnerability or a patch now and then -- it’s part of being human.

You need to back-up your application security efforts with frequent testing. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to manually pen-test an application at the speed at which new code gets deployed. Moreover, manual testing can get very costly very quickly, and is not salable. Automated security testing helps organizations test for vulnerabilities against an increasingly growing threat surface very quickly and in a scalable manner at a low, predictable costs, meaning that new code can roll off the assembly line faster without compromising your application's security baseline.

So in summary, know what you're trying to secure well, test continuously, and leverage the agility of automated testing to build security into applications as opposed to bolting it on.

it_user388452 - PeerSpot reviewer
Regional Sales Director at WhiteHat Security
Real User
Feb 15, 2016

Simply, I would want to know where my risk is, with real intelligent information with metrics and not noise

it_user376290 - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Product Management at ForeScout Technologies Inc.
Jan 25, 2016

Potential for vulnerability, reputation of the app and usage pattern

it_user359346 - PeerSpot reviewer
ISV/IT Consultant at a tech vendor
Dec 20, 2015

The most important aspect to look for in Application Security should be about Data Handling. It should be able to answer the basic questions like where does the data from the application go, who has access to the data and how long does the data need to be accessible for consumption which the Application may or may not expose.

it_user350178 - PeerSpot reviewer
Ingénieur solutions at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
Dec 3, 2015

I think that is important to review if the problem of maintenance which were mention before was correct. And we can also see Secure SDLC, the design, the deployment and the maintenance

it_user349767 - PeerSpot reviewer
Cyber Security Architect at a recruiting/HR firm with 51-200 employees
Dec 2, 2015

Secure SDLC, start with security Requirements (ASVS) - Design (Threat Modeling) - Devlopment (Coding best practices & SCA) - Testing (VA/PT) - Deployment (configuration, network appliances)

it_user349692 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at Lockheed Martin
Real User
Dec 2, 2015

Documentation and technical support if application is retail. If a developing application well defined coding standards along with documentation.

it_user344145 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Consultant at a tech services company
Nov 21, 2015

Ability to lock down configuration settings.

it_user338127 - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Director, Senior Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Nov 9, 2015

Data Exploring and Charting.

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Data breaches, malware, phishing attacks, weak passwords, insider threats, and lack of security policies are some of the most concerning aspects of network security for small and medium-sized enterprises since they may not have the same level of security measures and IT staff as larger corporations. It's important for SMEs to identify and prioritize these risks and take steps to mitigate them to protect their business and customers' data.This could include implementing strong password policies, providing security awareness training for employees, implementing firewalls and antivirus software, and regularly backing up data. In addition, SMEs should develop formalized security policies and ensure that all employees understand and follow them to maintain a secure network environment.
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If we are talking strictly about the network, the issue almost all SMEs suffer from is a lack of risk visibility. Consider the risks and vulnerabilities that exist in the network from ports that are unsecured to firewall rules that are no longer effective to rogue devices that are connected and no one in IT is aware. If SMEs simply closed all of these gaps effectively, they would greatly reduce the chances that they are compromised. The second area is threat visibility - meaning an actual attack unfolding.  Once an attacker - say ransomware - bypasses an endpoint, they are free to waltz around the network for weeks. I think that the latest dwell time number is over 4 weeks. Four weeks of recon, command calls, lateral movement, credential compromise, data location, etc. That is enough time to make the ransomware attack really hurt and find all the partner companies that the attacker can move to next. Most large companies have NDR in place to detect and stop attacks - greatly lowering that dwell time and damage - but SMEs cannot afford most of those tools. There are new cloud-based NDR tools that are a lot less (CyGlass), and there are great options with Managed Detection and Response (MDR) companies like Stratejm. Either path, SMEs need to deploy tools or services that watch the network for risks, vulnerabilities, and threats.
Avigayil Henderson - PeerSpot reviewer
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Mar 20, 2023
Hi community,  Please share your input and help out fellow peers. Thank you.
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Remy Ma - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Security Services at ACE Managed Securty Services
Mar 20, 2023
When it comes to security and automation, there's no such thing as too much. That's why it makes sense to take steps to automate security for your CI/CD pipeline. Automation can help reduce the time spent on manual tasks and ensure that your code is secure before it makes its way into production. Here are some tips for automating security for your CI/CD pipeline: 1. Use a static application security testing (SAST) solution to scan code for vulnerabilities. SAST solutions can help identify and fix known issues quickly and efficiently. 2. Run regular scans of your codebase using a dynamic application security testing (DAST) tool. This will help identify any new security issues in real time. 3. Use a container scanning tool to check all your images and containers for vulnerabilities or misconfigurations. This will help ensure that no malicious code can enter the pipeline. 4. Utilize an API scanner to detect potential API vulnerabilities in your applications, such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and parameter tampering. 5. Implement a Web Application Firewall (WAF) to protect your applications from attacks like DDoS or brute force attacks. This can help prevent attackers from accessing sensitive information.
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Thanks for this informative article.
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