AppSec Tips & Best Practices

Learn from AppSec success stories and discover tips and best practices for Developers, CISOs and Security Managers to help in securing every part of the SDLC.
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3 Ways to Prevent XSS

Oct 09, 2017 By Sarah Vonnegut | When we discuss vulnerabilities in applications, there are different categories that we come across. Some vulnerabilities are extremely common yet allow for little or no damage should an attacker discover and exploit them, while others are incredibly rare but can have major, lasting impact on the organizations behind the attacked application. Then, there’s the third category: Common and deadly. Cross-Site Scripting,  commonly shortened to XSS, is one of the most common vulnerabilities found in applications, and can cause serious damage given the right time and the right attacker.  
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Why You Need Automated Security in an Agile Software Environment

Sep 25, 2017 By Sarah Vonnegut | Today’s business cycles require faster and more innovative results more than ever before in order to stay competitive. As organizations have started speeding up their time to market, they quickly realized the waterfall methodology was no longer working, and responded with the creation and adoption of rapid application development methodologies. One of those methodologies, agile software development is arguably the most popular of these methodologies, and has been adopted by thousands of organizations around the world.  
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A Closer Look: Securing with Jenkins

Aug 28, 2017 By Arden Rubens | Acclaimed by the DevOps world and best known as the leading open source automation server for continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD), Jenkins is a Java-based program designed to monitor a set of executions in a software environment. Jenkins allows developers to rapidly detect and resolve errors in the code base and boosts automated build testing.  
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An In Depth Look: Top PHP Frameworks

Aug 10, 2017 By Arden Rubens | PHP is an open source scripting language designed for web development. When the language was first released in 1994, PHP stood for Personal Home Page. Today, PHP is referred to as a backronym – PHP, Hypertext Preprocessor.   PHP is a dynamic language allowing developers run their code instantly, without having to compile it first. What makes PHP unique from other client-side languages is that the code is executed on the server which generates HTML before it’s sent to the client.  
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AppSec Metrics That Matter

Jul 11, 2017 By Sarah Vonnegut |   Metrics matter. Metrics are important because they tell you, stakeholders and budget planners how well you’re meeting your set goals. Metrics ensure that your program has visibility and is the only way to effectively communicate the value of your application security program. If you simply go through the AppSec motions of scanning and fixing, you have no insight into how effective your application security program is or if you’re hitting either your security goals or business goals.  
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How to Raise Cybersecurity Awareness at all Levels of Your Organization

Jun 15, 2017 By Sarah Vonnegut | We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: an organization is only as secure as its weakest link. Most, if not all, of your employees are online and on their mobile devices in your workplace, whether you have a BYOD policy in place or not. Developers release software with millions of lines of code, your management discuss and share privileged information, and the rest of the organization opens emails regardless of whether they know the sender or not.  
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Why Your Enterprise Needs DevOps

Jun 12, 2017 By Sarah Vonnegut | The buzzword of the decade is far from just a trend as organizations struggle to keep up with competition. There’s a reason DevOps is so often discussed and highly regarded. As organization after organization makes the switch and reaps the rewards offered by the DevOps culture, it’s time for all those who could enjoy DevOps to at least try it out. By improving software development at every stage, successful organizations have found, they can also improve on quality, stability, and business benefits. Curious? Let’s find out why your enterprise needs DevOps.
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5 Steps to Stand Out with your AppSec Routine

Jun 01, 2017 By Sarah Vonnegut | In most organizations, Application Security is sadly behind in adoption, especially when compared to Network Security. And yet, with 84% of attacks aimed at the application layer, we need to turn our focus more towards AppSec. As we use and deploy more and more apps, the interdependencies between them complicate internal infrastructures, leading to more opportunities for misconfigurations and holes that could be used by attackers.  
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A Closer Look: OWASP Top 10 Application Security Risks

May 22, 2017 By Arden Rubens | Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is an organization filled with security experts from around the world who provide information about applications and the risks posed, in the most direct, neutral, and practical way. Since 2003, the OWASP Top 10 releases a list every four years consisting of the top biggest Application Security Risks.  
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Six Steps to Secure Software Development in the Agile Era

Apr 20, 2017 By Sarah Vonnegut | Written in 2001, the Agile Manifesto launched an evolution in software development that has unfolded over the past decade and a half. Moving from waterfall development to rapid development and into the Agile methodology, software companies around the world have adopted at least some of the Agile processes and practices. And for many organizations, the evolution has paid off – at least in some parts of the business.    
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