AppSec Maturity at Scale
Scale from one to many applications so you can deliver business value at the speed of DevOps
The need for mature application security at scale has never been greater. Organizations require improved collaboration to eliminate silos, automated processes to incorporate quality and security in development workflows, and developer-centric tools to find and fix issues early.
This allows organizations to be agile and scale with modern software development, innovate faster, and improve productivity and efficiencies to be more responsive to cybers threats and market demands.
“Due to the increasing number of web-based applications and mobile applications, the need for faster deployment has never been greater.”
1. Lack of Security Awareness
A major challenge to being effective at scale is developers that lack awareness of secure design/coding best practices. That ignorance slows down effective deployment of secure apps.
2. Lack of infrastructure and frameworks
Organizations also must also have the dev infrastructure/frameworks that enable developers to consume, use, and deploy apps securely.
In summary, it's not one or the other. It's security-aware developers, along with the security enabled dev environment, that enable you to deliver code security in terms of both speed and quality.
Benefits of Maturity at Scale in AppSec
1. Accelerated time from design to deployment
The world runs on software. There’s a huge digital transformation going on, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s making us more reliant on digital services. This transformation requires organizations to rapidly deliver new functionality through accelerated application delivery. DevOps with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) enables development teams to increase the frequency of code deployments and has other great benefits as well. However, the volume and velocity of applications pushed into production can result in a higher exposure to security risks if application security is unable to keep pace. Achieving both optimal security and rapid application delivery occurs when technology, automation, infrastructure, architecture, and security policies are in alignment across the organization.
2. Increased resilience to cyber threats
Many organizations rely on the guidance provided by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top 10 to identify the critical and high-risk vulnerabilities in their software code. This is a great way to get started, but if you want to avoid becoming the next security breach headline, it requires a more mature and optimized program. Over 60 percent of applications had one or more critical or high-severity security flaws not covered by the OWASP Top 10, according to Fortify’s most recent Application Security Risk Report. Organizations that only test or mitigate security risks found within these Top 10 are still very vulnerable to attacks.