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OpenSSL Vulnerabilities: Takeaways from the Latest Patch

The OpenSSL project this week released a series of patches to combat six vulnerabilities that have been discovered as of late, including two high-severity flaws that would give attackers the ability to decrypt HTTPS traffic, execute malicious code on vulnerable servers, and possibly even cause servers to crash. Ironically, one of the flaws was actually

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Why SAST is Essential for a Security Vulnerability Assessment

Let’s start with this: the idea of a security vulnerability assessment is certainly not “breaking news”. For centuries, organizations have proactively scanned their physical security in search of real or potential weaknesses, and for decades they’ve shifted their skeptical gaze to IT systems and devices.   And while it’s true that some organizations are better

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Cyber Terrorism – How Real is the Threat?

As our dependency on the internet increases from our phones to our streets, hospitals and cities, so do the threats posed by cyber terrorism. “Cyber terrorism” is a contested term that can erroneously include acts of “hacktivism” and internet vandalism which do not directly threaten the lives and livelihoods of their victims. The potential threats

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Why You Need an AppSec Champion on Your Side

If you’ve ever felt the glare of developers unhappy with you for ‘making them’ fix an issue or subjecting them to a lesson in security, you’re familiar with the tension that can arise between the security and development teams. But without the development team on your side, you’ll never get your Application Security program up

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Everyone Talks About Phishing, But No One Blames XSS

Phishing. An ancient attack by internet standards, that both the general public and developers are aware of to different extents. Phishing relies on social engineering to allow hackers to gain access to sensitive data through fraudulent call-to-actions which mimic alerts from trusted brands and sources.  

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How to Get More Out of Your Mobile Application Security Testing Tools

Users expect the apps they download to be secure and safe, in addition to fast and feature-packed. It’s up to the organizations releasing applications – which most likely includes you, if you’re reading this – to meet (and exceed) their expectations. If you don’t meet expectations, you’re in bad luck: A 2013 study found that

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Software Security Testing

Who Needs Software Security, Anyway?

In recent years, the advent of mobile and cloud computing revolution has brought to light a serious issue affecting both organizations and individuals: software security. Every day, there’s a new story we hear about some website or application being penetrated, releasing sensitive information that is sold, abused, and exploited. As a consequence, companies lose their credibility (along with

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