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.
Buffer Overflow

Buffer Overflow: The Mother of All Vulnerabilities

Dec 28, 2015 By Sharon Solomon | The Buffer Overflow vulnerability has been around for almost 3 decades and it’s still going strong. Hackers all around the world continue to name it as their default tactic due to the huge number of susceptible web applications. But what steps are organizations (devs) taking to combat this vulnerability? What role does secure coding play in eliminating this threat? This article also includes an ethical hacker’s Buffer Overflow POC along with a brief Q&A.

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Cloud Application Security

All You Wanted To Know About Cloud Security

Dec 09, 2015 By Sharon Solomon | The IT world is advancing at an astonishing pace. Just a few years ago data was stored physically on databases and software was managed manually. But today more and more organizations are gravitating towards cloud based solutions for their computing needs. While being extremely convenient, cheap and hassle-free, insecure programming can lead to a plethora of vulnerabilities and loopholes that can spell disaster if exploited maliciously.

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Web Application Firewalls

Web Application Firewalls (WAFs): Ethical Hacker Exposes His Secrets

Nov 18, 2015 By Sharon Solomon | In an age where cybercrime is escalating exponentially, picking the right security solution has become extremely crucial. Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) are highly regarded by many leading InfoSec experts, but Pakistani ethical hacker and AppSec expert Rafay Baloch thinks otherwise. To make matters more interesting, he also has the required expertise and POCs to back up his claims.  

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DevSecOps: 4 Best Practices the Pros Teach Us About Security and DevOps

Nov 13, 2015 By Sarah Vonnegut | Developers and engineers all around the world are deploying code hundreds of thousands of times a day. Hundreds of millions of lines of code are churned out on a monthly basis, and it’s only going to get faster. Yet the security industry continues to kick our feet about DevOps.   But security teams can’t afford to continue the tip-toeing act we’ve been doing around DevOps. We need to find a way to better integrate our security needs within DevOps processes – and we need to do it fast.  DevOps is here, and it’s up to the security team to determine how security processes and tools will fit into the mix – or risk being edged out.  

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Secure iOS App Development

40 Tips You Must Know About Secure iOS App Development

Nov 10, 2015 By Sharon Solomon | The iPhone is arguably the most desired smartphone on the planet today, thanks to its shiny metallic hardware and user-friendly iOS 9 mobile platform. Despite Google leading the numbers-game with its open-source Android mobile platform, iOS is often considered to be the safer of the two due to Apple’s stricter security policy and its willingness to sacrifice customizability for the cause. But even this platform has its fair share of vulnerabilities and potential security loopholes that need to be addressed by the developers.

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Application Security Testing: 7 Steps to a Recipe for Success

Sep 10, 2015 By Sarah Vonnegut | Security tools are becoming more and more popular throughout the world of tech, and for security enthusiasts, and it should be something to celebrate about. But, in reality, we still have a long way to go when it comes to the actual use of the tools.
We’ve known for years about the major gap between security and development, and we’re getting better. But while the proliferation of the DevOps movement has made organizations realize that security is essential to agile processes, we’re still missing a piece of the puzzle. Because while the purchase of security solutions might be increasing, developer use isn’t quite on par.

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Android Development

Top 5 Secure Android Development Tips

Sep 01, 2015 By Sharon Solomon | Over 50% of US smartphone users are now actively using Android devices and the security aspect of Google’s mobile platform is under constant scrutiny. With new vulnerabilities and hacking POCs making the news on almost a daily basis, safety concerns are rising. So what lies ahead for this customizable and user-friendly, albeit vulnerable, mobile operating system? How can secure Android development minimize the risks? Let’s find out.  

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Best Practices for Mobile App Security

Mobile Application Security: 15 Best Practices for App Developers

Aug 19, 2015 By Sarah Vonnegut | In 2015, the mobile app is king. The applications we download on our mobile devices entertain us, keep us in touch with our loved ones, show us who’s single nearby, share anything we want about our lives with the world – and so much more. And thousands of new applications are added to the marketplace. Every single day.   There’s a 1991 ad from Radio Shack depicting “great prices” for all the things we now use our cell phones for. ‘High-tech’ devices like s VHS camcorder, a discman, a tape recorder are proudly displayed – all technologies made pretty much obsolete with a variety of handy applications on our much more compact and relatively cheap mobiles.  

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SAST vs IAST

SAST vs IAST – Which AppSec Solution Is Right For You?

Aug 13, 2015 By Sharon Solomon | With cybercrime escalating worldwide, application security has become a big challenge for organizations and governments. Penetration (Pen) Testing and Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) are capable solutions, but have their fair share of inherited deficiencies. Interactive Application Security Testing (IAST), an upcoming security methodology, is being increasingly compared with Static Application Security Testing (SAST). This article will take a closer look at these two security solutions and compare their functionality.  

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Static Analysis vs Pen Testing

Static Analysis vs Pen Testing – Which One Is Right For You?

Jul 28, 2015 By Sharon Solomon | Penetration (Pen) Testing has long been the go-to tool for organizations looking to safeguard their applications. But the ever-evolving hacking techniques are exposing this aging solution’s shortcomings. The growing consensus in security circles is that applications need to be bolstered from the core – the source code. This is exactly where Static Analysis enters the picture, helping detect application layer vulnerabilities and coding errors.

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