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How good is your application security program?

How good is your application security program?
November 19, 2018

Cybersecurity is about protecting your valuable digital assets. Some of the most important assets your organization owns are in the form of information, such as intellectual property, strategic plans, and customer data. Protecting this information is critical for your organization to continue to operate, be competitive, and meet regulatory requirements.

Measure Your Process:

The effectiveness of your application security program will depend on how you are measuring it. The parameters that you can set to measure your program can be divided into 3 factors:

  • At what stage in SDLC are you able to find the vulnerabilities in the application.
  • Were any critical vulnerabilities detected in the production environment by monitoring the application?
  • What kind of vulnerabilities were detected in the application.

For your application security program to be successful, it should not cause a hindrance in the DevOps cycle with a long list of flaws from the security tools to be fixed at the end of development cycle. To move fast, the security element must be ingrained into the development lifecycle supported by a centralized remediation team to prioritize and help the development team to fix it. In fact, research also suggests that a development team that has support from remediation coaching and learning blended in has a good improvement in fix rates.

The element of security must be ingrained across the application development lifecycle

Technology support:

Technology also plays a vital role in the success of an application security program, with solution techniques supported by multiple technologies being more effective than single technology. Implementing security measures to monitor the application across different stages in SDLC will play a very significant role in making the critical applications more secure. We can check the applications at different stages for DAST analysis (Dynamic analysis), SAST analysis (Static analysis), RASP (Run time protection), Open source analysis, IAST (Interactive analysis), Manual analysis (Pen testing). There are many vendors today like IBM, Microfocus, CA, Synopsis etc., who provide one or more of the above solutions. Identifying the right technology solution according to your requirement is also crucial for the success of the program.

Implementing the process:

Once you have identified how you want to implement the program, it is very easy to fine tune the processes:

  • Train the developers with the appropriate coding standards and security loopholes to ensure that they are not repeated.
  • Use your investments in the right way either to procure right set of tools for your security teams and train them on these toolsets.
  • Use an external vendor – to role play as an external attacker trying to attack your applications – and diagnose these applications & discover vulnerabilities.
  • Partnering with 3rd party service providers having expertise in performing application scanning will provide fresh perspective on application security vulnerabilities and could help in fixing them effectively.

Application Security On-Demand:

“HCL’s Application security on-demand” serves the role of an independent, third-party system of record, conducting a consistent, unbiased analysis of an application and providing a detailed tamperproof report back to the security and development teams. Users simply have to upload their application source code and/or provide a URL for testing, then we conduct a static and/ or dynamic test, verify all results, and present the findings in a detailed web-based interface and create a report which is easy to fix by the developers.

Using “HCL Application Security On-Demand”, security teams can build an inventory of their application assets, classify, and prioritize their assets by business impact before they even start any security testing. After applications are assessed for security vulnerabilities, they can be ranked by a security risk score. This enables Security teams to prioritize vulnerabilities in the context of the applications in which they exist and focus on remediation activities that have the biggest impact when it comes to mitigating security risk for the organization. With “HCL application Security On-Demand”, you can easily identify security vulnerabilities in your web, and desktop apps to help you keep them secure.

HCL’s solution combines market leading technologies with the deep security expertise of our people. Powered by HCL Appscan on-demand platform, it sits within our cybersecurity services portfolio and perfectly complements our wide range of established cyber security services. We will support your digital transformation initiatives, giving you the reassurance you need to embrace new ways of working.

For more details, contact HCL Cybersecurity & GRC Practice