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  • Meta is a technology behemoth that’s constantly under attack. And unfortunately, it has a long list of security events resulting in the loss of user data. Keep in mind Meta attracts top-caliber software engineers. As the first letter of the envied FAANG / MAANG acronym, it’s an institution employing the best of the best. So, […]

  • Many security outsiders think data leaks result from diligent efforts by seasoned hackers. In reality, minor oversights and mistakes in code frequently cause data breaches. And with engineers pressured to release features quickly, it’s no wonder these mistakes are common. Unsecured Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are particularly dangerous because they’re synonymous with Broken Access Control, […]

  • There are two high vulnerabilities in OpenSSL versions 3.0.0 – 3.0.6. On November 1, the project released OpenSSL version 3.0.7, which mitigates potential exploitation from CVE-2022-3602, “X.509 Email Address 4-byte Buffer Overflow,” along with CVE-2022-3786, “X.509 Email Address Variable Length Buffer Overflow.”  What is OpenSSL? OpenSSL is one of the most widely used encryption libraries […]

  • Today we’re talking about CVE-2022-42889 aka Text4Shell. We’ll walk you through what it is, what you need to know and do to protect your applications, and dive into how Bionic is helping customers understand their overall risk related to this vulnerability. What is Text4Shell? Text4Shell is a vulnerability within the widely used Apache Commons Text […]

  • Companies innovate through applications to reach new customers and markets with greater speed. This blog discusses what applications were, how applications have evolved, and why Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) is a must-have for organizations that run modern apps in the cloud.  What was an Application? Before we get into modern applications, let’s take a […]

  • The startup world is on fire and the DevSecOps space even more so. With nearly every company fighting for talent, I chose to join Bionic, the Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) company, as their first Chief Revenue Officer. Here’s why. Before Bionic Before I joined Bionic, I was Chief Operating Officer at AppDynamics, the worldwide […]

  • Many security solutions assign numerical scores to indicate the risk that a threat poses so that customers can prioritize which issues to fix first. Teams work through endless tickets, trusting blindly that the assigned score accurately represents the (business) risk that a threat poses.  If all risk scores were created equal (and accurate), then this […]

  • Over the last several years, targeted, “boutique” cloud security solutions have consolidated into one-stop shops, known as Cloud-Native Application Protection Platforms (CNAPPs).  This blog discusses the evolution of the CNAPP and its predecessors: Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP) Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM). We’ll then […]

  • APIs are the hottest attack vector in modern software. In this blog, we’ll look at how APIs add risk and best practices for securing them. For anyone who doesn’t know, API stands for Application Programming Interface. APIs provide a way for software programs to communicate with the external world. And securing these interfaces is a […]

  • New Critical Risk Scoring and CyberArk integration, and seamless agentless integrations with Kubernetes and Amazon. Bionic has been extremely busy this quarter ensuring that our customers (and future customers) have the best Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) solution. Check out what we’ve been up to. Critical Risk Scoring  Bionic Risk Score is Bionic’s interpretation of […]

  • Data Privacy is one of the major driving forces behind application and information security. Organizations are constantly trying to ensure that the private data of their customers, employees, and partners are secure; but what exactly is private data? To be simplistic, private data is information that relates to a person or entity that should not […]

  • According to Business Wire, 75% of CISOs are concerned that too many application vulnerabilities leak into production, despite a multi-layered security approach. Why do you think this is? The new fad is shifting left – meaning application security isn’t focused on securing your business-critical applications in production. Companies are using incomplete application maps produced by […]

  • Have you ever had one of your executives tell you that they want all your business-critical applications to be 100% secure? Maybe not in those exact words but something similar?  I hate to be the bearer of bad news; there is no such thing as a 100% secure application. Applications always have risks; it is […]

  • Cloud security posture management (CSPM) is a cloud-level tool that identifies (and potentially remediates) risks across cloud infrastructures. So what is CSPM really good at? Visualizing and mapping the cloud infrastructure. But what about the applications that run inside the cloud environment, and all of the app services, databases, and APIs that comprise the application? […]

  • Peter Chestna is CISO of North America at Checkmarx. He is also a Board Member for the DevSecCon Global Community and MergeBase. Rafal Los joins Matt Rose on episode 17 of Tattoos, Code, and Data Flows in a conversation around improving the cybersecurity industry (including some very spicy takes on the industry). Peter is a […]

  • Our friends over at OWASP defines API security as a security strategy that focuses on understanding and mitigating security risk associated with APIs. With an extreme focus on securing these APIs, API security tools have been popping up left and right. API security tools are extremely good at what they do: gathering an inventory of […]

  • Jenkins, the very popular open-source automation platform used by enterprises worldwide for building, testing, and deploying software, announced last week that it had identified 34 security vulnerabilities affecting 29 plugins. Of the 34 security vulnerabilities, 29 are categorized as zero-day issues.  Full details of the announcement can be found in this disclosure by Jenkins on […]

  • Rafal Los is the Founder and Host of Down the Security Rabbithole Podcast. He is also an Advisory Board Member at the Security Advisor Alliance. Rafal Los joins Matt Rose on episode 17 of Tattoos, Code, and Data Flows in a conversation around improving the cybersecurity industry (including some very spicy takes on the industry). […]

  • ASPM is a hot new technology that organizations and analysts are investigating and researching. They are reading vendor reports, social media posts, and even blogs like this one to try and educate themselves on ASPM. Even with this research, there are still questions and confusion about ASPM. A common question I have often heard is, […]

  • The official definition of insight is “the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.” Having complete insight into your application’s security risks is the key to making them secure and compliant.  Most organizations look at application security risk in individual silos of their application architectures and not how […]

  • Let’s face it – Application Programming Interfaces or APIs are a foundational part of modern applications. They are just as crucial as home-grown code, open-source packages, frameworks, and libraries in your application’s architecture. One of the questions I have heard for years while working with commercial enterprise applications is: do you have an API? If […]

  • Let’s just face the fact there is no such thing as a perfect application. All applications have bugs and will continue to have bugs because as soon as one is fixed a new code release introduces a new set of bugs that also need to be fixed. Companies use terms like “hotfixes” and “point updates” […]

  • It is probably not a surprise to say the use of open source packages in application development is here to stay. Depending on what research report you have read, as there are so many, the percentage of the code in an application being open source is anywhere from 30% to 80% of the total application […]

  • Cloud Security Posture Management – CSPM – is quickly becoming the gold standard for every organization with cloud-first initiatives. CSPM tools help cloud security teams document and visualize what resources live in their cloud environments and determine whether the proper security controls are in place.  The reason why CSPM has become the gold standard is […]

  • Site Reliability Engineers (SREs) face very complicated problems every day. Our team at Bionic has recently been speaking with a lot of SRE leaders and learning about the ongoing challenges they face daily such as: “What happens when a cloud region or a zone fails?” “Which applications and services are affected by this failure?” A […]

  • As most everyone knows, the investigation on the recently announced SpringShell RCE (CVE-2022-22965) has begun. The point of this blog is not to discuss SpringShell’s issue, so much as dive into preemptive actions and remote code execution or RCE. There are already plenty of blogs and articles written about the incident, but I’m sharing how […]

  • As you’re probably knee-deep in reacting to the Spring Framework RCE we wanted to provide some helpful information on how to tackle this issue. For all the details from Spring on this RCE here is a link to the granular details of the issue: https://spring.io/blog/2022/03/31/spring-framework-rce-early-announcement. Just like the Log4Shell vulnerability, there are a lot of […]

  • Bionic Announces $65M Series B Financing from Insight Partners, Cyberstarts, and Battery Ventures Accelerating investment in R&D, sales & customer success for our rapidly growing Application Security Posture Management platform Bionic, the industry’s first Application Security Posture Management platform, is proud to announce a $65 million Series B funding round led by New York-based global […]

  • I have been talking about Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) a lot these days. The articles, blogs, and glass board sessions about the aspects of ASPM got me thinking. What are some other new and exciting ways ASPM could help organizations do things better? I immediately thought of threat modeling. Bionic ASPM Level Set Bionic […]

  • My company, Bionic, announced our platinum sponsorship of the OWASP Organization. Everybody knows that the OWASP Top 10 is the gold standard for application security, so I think this news is impressive. I have been in the application security industry for 17 years, and OWASP has been there with me every step of the way. […]

  • By now, you have probably heard of Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) and the many outstanding players such as Wiz, Lacework, and Prisma Cloud. If you have not heard of CSPM or these vendors, then welcome back from your extended trip to outer space. CSPM is one of the hottest technology spaces these days as […]

  • This is a follow-up blog to my blog from last week about Application Security Superheros. Yes, I know the blog was a bit cheesy, but that was the goal. I wanted to get people thinking about what modern-day application security professionals need to be with a bit of humor. Now let’s add some real-world examples […]

  • Are you an application security superhero? Do you fly in at the last minute to thwart evil hackers like Iron Man, or are you more of the deep thinker that prevents hacks from even happening like Professor X?  The comparison is a bit crazy, but that is where we are at these days. There is […]

  • I recently ran an unofficial poll on LinkedIn asking how people found every instance of Log4J in their application portfolio. The options I gave were CMDB (Configuration Management Database), SBOM (Software Bill of Materials), SCA (Software Composition Analysis), and internal detective work. The overwhelming majority, 54% to be exact, said internal detective work. These results […]

  • I recently read this article on DevOps.com, and it got me thinking. Why is an SBOM not dynamic and updated every time a release happens in your CI/CD pipeline? To keep up with the speed of DevOps, organizations are scaling back things like QA and SBOM updates to only look at the latest release and […]

  • How are you going to address the Log4J issue? The recent major exploit around Log4J (CVE-2021-44228) is a big deal and all over the press.  But how are you planning on finding every instance of Log4J in your very complex application? Missing even one instance of Log4J versions 2.0 to 2.14.1 could be a disaster […]

  • Drawing a picture sounds like an easy request. A request probably more suited to a kindergartener than a tech industry blog, but it is a serious question. I am not asking you to draw a picture of your family pet or favorite vacation spot but an exact picture of your application architecture. Now you see […]

  • You have probably heard about the recent Peloton API hack.  If you have not heard about the details, this link describes the Peloton API Hack. This incident further cements that IoT and PII are directly in the crosshairs for hackers.  Every platform these days requires you to give up personal information in order to create […]

  • Bionic allows teams to detect, and manage application drift in real-time. Drift in this context doesn’t relate to infrastructure as drift rarely occurs with infrastructure-as-code in ephemeral environments. Bionic allows teams to quickly baseline and lock in their application architectures, so they have drift policies that can notify them in real-time should an architecture change. […]

  • In our previous blog about cloud migrations & dependencies, we discussed the importance of understanding application dependencies when performing cloud migration and modernization projects. There are a handful of challenges that those projects introduce, including: The manual burden of documentation & collaboration Lack of application visibility Application complexity We dive deeper into those challenges below. […]

  • Continuous Delivery (CD) and Infrastructure as Code (IaC) means apps, clusters, and environments are constantly changing in your business. Drift occurs when an app, microservice, or infrastructure ‘drifts’ out of its intended configuration or approved operating boundaries. In short, drift is difficult to detect and introduces risk which isn’t seen or managed until something serious […]

  • After 16+ years in application security, one of the questions I have consistently heard asked is about false positives. Questions like “what is your false-positive percentage” or “how do you deal with so many false positives produced by this tool or that tool.” False-positive is a term that has become the black eye of application […]

  • Bionic provides teams with a real-time living architecture map of their applications, showing all services, APIs, libraries, dependencies, and data flows. You can think of it as a visual software bill of materials or an SBOM, as it’s called. This is particularly useful for understanding black box applications, accelerating cloud migrations, or even refactoring monolithic […]

  • Bionic can help teams automate threat modeling and security reviews. We use an agentless approach to scan and reverse engineer your applications in any environment. The output is a real-time living architecture map that is code-level accurate. You can now threat model or review security based on what actually exists in your application versus estimating […]

  • Bionic helps teams rapidly understand which applications and services are accessing PII, PCI, and other sensitive data sources. Visualize with Business Context For example, below we can see six business applications that Bionic has discovered along with 68 unique services, which are mapped showing their dependencies to databases. In seconds, we can filter this map to […]

  • Think of Personal Identifiable Information (PII) as gold that companies store about their customers. Gold must be kept in a safe place at all times, with restricted access, effective governance, and auditing to secure it. However, we live in a world today where everything is code. Meaning more things touch corporate gold than ever before. […]

  • Understanding dependencies is everything when it comes to cloud migrations. If you get this wrong, the entire cloud migration can fail. Right now, companies are relying on manual documentation and people to map and understand application dependencies and data flows. This process can take sometimes between 6-12 months and are prone to mistakes. For those […]

  • You are probably thinking, what the heck is this guy talking about. I didn’t even know there was a Static Analysis 1.0 or 2.0, so how can there be a Static Analysis 3.0? Static Analysis as a foundational Application Security platform has been around since the early 2000s. It has evolved to fit with the […]

  • We have all probably heard about the recent news on the Twitch data breach.  Yes, it is a huge deal, and the hack has received a ton of press.   But I am amazed that the thing people are focusing on most is how much money the top streamers are making on a monthly or yearly […]

  • Do you ever ask yourself ‘What the Fudge’ is going on in my apps? Yes, I know you thought the acronym meant something else, but I am trying to keep this blog PG; but please feel free to define the abbreviation however you want. It is an easy question to ask, but with today’s distributed […]

  • In order to comply with EU GDPR compliance, you must be able to understand and map out your data flows to identify potential risks. Specifically, you are required to map data flows relating to PII (Personal Identifiable Information) and identify which applications are accessing PII data. Data maps allow companies to visualize and understand how […]

  • A Brief History Observed I have been in Static Analysis Security Testing (SAST) for 15+ years. I have worked with some of the largest organizations in the world on scanning their code for security vulnerabilities. From Waterfall to DevOps to Cloud-Native Development, I have seen many changes in how application code is developed and released. […]

  • As engineering teams accelerate and scale their cloud and CI/CD initiatives, the rate of change in production (and the business) starts to increase dramatically. Continuously delivering small incremental code changes is proven to lower the risk of production incidents and downtime. In addition, tools like DataDog, Splunk, Dynatrace, and New Relic can detect application performance […]