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How Manual Application Vulnerability Management Delays Innovation And Increases Business Risk

How Manual Application Vulnerability Management Delays Innovation And Increases Business Risk

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Published by: Research Desk Released: Sep 23, 2020

With 62% of data breaches and 39% of incidents occurring at the web application layer, identifying and remediating these errors as quickly as possible is a primary concern for an organization’s security team. However, development teams have other priorities—namely, driving digital transformation forward by ensuring that code commits and product releases are completed on schedule. Neither the security nor the development team should compromise on their key business objectives.

Traditional approaches to application security (AppSec), such as static application security testing (SAST) and dynamic application security testing (DAST), lack visibility across an application’s attack surface. As they analyze lines of code using brute force or look for code vulnerabilities based on a predetermined malware signature list, SAST and DAST approaches miss false negatives while incurring high volumes of false positives. Further, with significant volumes of cyberattacks employing unknown—or zero-day—threats, SAST and DAST simply are unable to protect modern software. Visibility extends beyond challenges with vulnerability identification—namely, lacking visibility into software routes, developers must expend significant time searching for and verifying that vulnerabilities were fixed.