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6 Ways to Secure Business Critical Applications

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 […]

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Jenkins Plugins Reveal Several Zero-Day Bugs

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 […]

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Top 10 ASPM Capabilities that Solve Real Security Problems

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, […]

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API Security Becomes Complete with Application Security Posture Management

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 […]

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A Bug is a Bug is a Bug: Security Bugs are Just Bugs

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” […]

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SCA is your front door lock, ASPM is a home security system

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 […]

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Cloud Security Posture Management Lacks Application Risk Context

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 […]

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ASPM is Your Path to Better Threat Modeling

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 […]

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What is Application Security Posture Management?

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 […]

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Who Really Owns Application Security?

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 […]

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Time for Application Security Professionals to Assemble

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 […]

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Application Security in 2022 Misses the Big Picture

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 […]

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Time for a Dynamic Software Bill of Materials (DBOM)

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 […]

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False Negatives. Fear The Unknown

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 […]

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How to Automate Security Reviews & Threat Modeling

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 […]

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Introducing Static Analysis 3.0: Static Analysis for Today’s AppSec World

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 […]

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Everything is Code: But How Well Do You Understand Your Code?

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. […]

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Are Your CI/CD Deployments Secure and Compliant?

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 […]