Software Security Guide

Securing an application is just as important as building it in the first place. As data becomes more valuable, there are more people who want to steal it and use it for their own personal gain.

Making sure applications are indeed secure has always been a challenge, as hackers try to stay one step ahead of defenders. When organizations ran their applications in their own data centers, firewalls were an effective way of denying hackers access. The explosion of the Internet led to the creation of web applications, with entry points via the browser into client-side code that could endanger the organization.

Further, the increased speed of feature delivery in software stresses security teams trying to prevent hacks and data breaches. Today, with application modularity and edge computing increasing, along with the increased use of open-source software, that challenge has only become more difficult. Hackers now have more surface area to target than ever before. Here are the top threats organizations face as they work to secure their applications, data and systems.

IT and developers must work to ensure that their applications and systems are secure. On the development side, security touches nearly every step of the process, from the planning stage, development, to testing. The use of automation in security can help organizations stay one step ahead.

 

SD Times news digest: Visual Studio 2022 Preview 1, Rust 1.53 released, HackerOne announces GitHub integration

Microsoft announced the first preview release of Visual Studio 2022, which the company aims to use to test and tune the scalability of the new 64-bit platform.  The Visual Studio 2022 previews can be installed side-by-side with earlier versions of Visual Studio, which are available in all three editions (Community, Pro, and Enterprise), and are … continue reading

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SD Times news digest: Dynatrace announces Davis Security Advisor, Nylas raises $120 million in Series C funding, W3C makes Web Audio API an official standard

The new Davis Security Advisor automatically contextualizes and prioritizes application vulnerabilities to reduce enterprise risk by empowering DevSecOps teams to make more informed real-time decisions.  Davis automatically monitors all software libraries in preproduction and production and removes false positives. It then aggregates vulnerability data and prioritizes remediation tactics.  “Manual processes and piecemeal solutions that don’t … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: page-fetch

Page-fetch is a new open-source tool created by the Detectify Security Research team that helps hunt for prototype pollution issues.  One of the most common places for prototype pollution — the ability to inject properties into existing JavaScript language construct prototypes — is in processing the query string. Detectify’s solution can already find issues that … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Lightbend Akka Serverless, Contrast Scan, and GrapeCity announces table support for SpreadJS

Lightbend has announced the launch of Akka Serverless, a cloud-native development platform-as-a-service that enables the creation of cloud-native apps using any programming language and eliminates the need for databases in deploying business-critical apps.  Akka has a simple, API-driven programming model that makes it easy for developers to define the data that they need so that … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Gremlin’s Chaos Engineering Practitioner Certificate Program, FusionAuth Advanced MFA, and InstallAware X13 for Ethereum

Gremlin’s new Chaos Engineering Practitioner Certificate Program was designed to help software teams get started with chaos engineering.  “No matter your title and background, Gremlin makes it easy for anybody interested in reliability to become a Chaos Engineering expert,” Tammy Butow, a principal SRE at Gremlin, wrote in a blog post. “This Gremlin Certificate Program … continue reading

Industry Watch: Security first and foremost

The SolarWinds and Colonial Pipeline hacks have brought security to the fore of software development. Once again. And again, our “thoughts and prayers” go out to the customers of those companies, and the companies themselves, harmed by the attacks. I say this because, not unlike the mass shootings that plague America — and please, do … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Grafana 8.0 released, Sentry custom dashboards, and Synopsys acquires Code Dx

Grafana 8.0 introduces new alerts that centralize alerting information Grafana managed alerts and alerts from Prometheus-compatible data sources within one UI and API.  Grafana Labs also introduced a new data source: Alertmanager, which is in alpha and includes built-in support for Prometheus Alertmanager.  Also, data sources can now send real-time updates to dashboards over a … continue reading

Apple’s WWDC 2021: Xcode Cloud, AR updates, and Swift concurrency support

Apple announced a number of newly available APIs for developers, updates to the programming language Swift, App Store enhancements and new software features at its online 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2021) today.  “We’re thrilled to provide our developer community with powerful new tools and technologies to help create even more compelling and higher-quality apps, … continue reading

A guide to application security tools

Checkmarx is the global leader in providing software security solutions that unify with modern application development initiatives like DevOps to reduce and remediate risk from software vulnerabilities. Checkmarx delivers the industry’s most comprehensive suite of Application Security Testing solutions and is trusted by more than 40 of the Fortune 100 companies and half of the … continue reading

How leading vendors help organizations secure their applications

Robert Haynes, open source and SCA evangelist at Checkmarx As the Application Security Testing (AST) pioneer and leader, Checkmarx has been relentless in our mission to continuously innovate, leading the industry with solutions that measurably improve security for software-driven organizations that develop their own applications. The Checkmarx suite of AST solutions fits perfectly into modern … continue reading

Recent major infrastructure attacks have put cybersecurity at the forefront

Recent large-scale attacks on enterprise and infrastructure security have led the federal government and private businesses to rethink the way they manage security.  Last month’s ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline shut down the main part of its network for five days, affecting fuel supplies across the United States.  Additionally, an attack on SolarWinds infrastructure … continue reading

Security shifts left as a team effort

As organizations look towards DevSecOps as a way to infuse security throughout the software development life cycle while at the same time accelerating releases, more sides of the business have their hands on deck regarding security. However, it’s still the security side that’s on the hook when a major breach happens.  “People like to say … continue reading

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