Category Archives: AppSec Spotlight

(ISC)² Global InfoSec Study – App Vulnerabilities are #1 Concern


September 30, 2013 By
Derek Weeks

The (ISC)2 Global Information Workforce Study CXO Report was recently released. The report found some interesting and troubling data on application security. While security executives noted that application vulnerabilities were their top concern, this did not translate into how their security team invested their time – in fact, focusing on software development was at the […]

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Agile, Component Development & DevOps – A Natural Match


September 23, 2013 By
Derek Weeks

Can you think of a technology concept that is more hyped than DevOps? We’ve moved past cloud & virtualization, and while not as hyped as Big Data or mobile, everyone on the development and operations side is talking about DevOps, not to mention DevOpsSec.  Using several blog posts, I’m going to layout the vision for […]

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Move Left and Be More Secure


September 16, 2013 By
Jessica Dodson

Author Attribution: This post was written by a guest blogger: Mark Miller, Founder and Curator of Trusted Software Alliance. In a “50-in-50” interview on the Trusted Software Alliance site, Gary McGraw talked about the concept of ‘moving left’, or ‘shifting left’ when it comes to application security in the software life cycle. Traditional development leaves […]

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NSA & Open Source: Another Controversy Brewing?


September 5, 2013 By
Derek Weeks

I attended the NSA Open Source Industry Day in Maryland and thought I’d summarize what did and didn’t surprise me. We’ll see if these observations prove controversial or helpful! More importantly we’ll see if organizations can effectively manage, govern, and secure their applications given the reality of open source, agile development practices and component-based development. […]

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Application Security: Focus on flaws, not on bugs


September 3, 2013 By
Derek Weeks

I recently listened to Gary McGraw’s interview on the Trusted Software Alliance Website. One thing he said (among many) that captured my attention was work that Cigital is doing on architecture risk analysis. Gary noted that security defects can be the result of bugs or flaws. “We pay more attention to (application) bugs and we need […]

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Important: Apache Struts Framework Security Alert


August 13, 2013 By
Derek Weeks

The popular Apache Struts Framework, a toolkit used to build many of today’s web applications, has a critical vulnerability that was recently announced by the Struts team at Apache. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has added the exposure to the National Vulnerability Database and assigned a critical score (9.3 out of 10). […]

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Application security needs to be redefined to stay relevant


July 26, 2013 By
Derek Weeks

Ok, so maybe it’s not the definition that’s the problem. Maybe it’s the fact that most people think of DAST and SAST when it comes to application security.  And when most developers are faced with DAST and SAST, they run for cover. Or maybe it’s the fact that most security practices are primarily focused on […]

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Do you trust your software supplier? Questions to ask yourself – and them!


July 24, 2013 By
Jessica Dodson

Ever since I attended the recent Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about if “you can trust your software supplier”. My colleague wrote about this a bit in a Gartner recap blog and our CEO co-presented on this topic with Curtis Yanko as part of a solution provider session. […]

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