And while it’s true that some organizations are better at this than others (or sometimes just luckier), the fact remains that nobody needs to be reminded that security vulnerability assessments are worthwhile.
Paradoxically however, this common-sense understanding has caused many organizations to assume that their security vulnerability assessment plan is comprehensive and complete. In truth, they often have an Achilles Heel that irate customers and/or overjoyed cyber criminals will reveal down the road: that their very own applications, the lifeline of the business, are also in many cases a major gateway to customer and company sensitive data.
Fortunately, that’s where static application security testing, shortened as SAST, enters the picture.
SAST is a process in which application source code, byte code and binaries are systematically and safely analyzed outside of a production environment in order to proactively expose design and coding elements that present real or potential vulnerabilities. Simply put, SAST strengthens code and makes applications more secure and reliable — and ultimately, more functional and profitable.
In light of this, it’s clear that making SAST a key piece of the security vulnerability assessment puzzle is essential — not optional. But how should this be handled and managed? Here are seven best practices.
Naturally, SAST is not a “magic bullet”, and the above doesn’t suggest that it should outright replace traditional tools like WAF, penetration testing, DAST and so on. Such tools still have their place and should be utilized as required in a defense-in-depth environment.
However, in organizations across the world, SAST is increasingly a key piece of the security vulnerability assessment puzzle, because it’s a reliable, scalable, cost-effective – and frankly, essential — way to make customers happy, knowing their data and information is secure, while it makes cyber criminals unhappy and compels them to look for targets elsewhere.
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