Insight is the Key to Understanding Your Application’s Security Posture

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 individual components interact with each other within the application architecture.

Examples of Silos of Risk

Organizations spend a lot of time, money, and resources looking at individual silos of risk in their applications. 

Examples of these silos are: uncompiled code, APIs, Open-Source Packages, and even the application in a running state. 

With this approach, you only look at one component of an application. You do not have complete insight into how application architectural risk and security issues can span in other areas of your application architecture.

Application Security Risk Overload is a Huge Issue

The last thing anyone wants is more security bugs to fix. Scanning solutions like SAST, SCA, DAST, IAST, and API Security Scanners identify many security issues. However, issue overload causes development teams and application security professionals to be overwhelmed quickly. They struggle to prioritize what critical application security issue to fix first. 

They continuously ask questions like: “is an application security bug in uncompiled source code more critical to fix than a vulnerable open-source package?” 

Eliminating confusion is why insight into complete application architectural risk comes into play. It allows you to understand the whole application architecture and its posture.

Look at the whole application architecture puzzle, not just a piece

Applications are like a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle. Every piece of a puzzle is important, but you can’t see what the puzzle looks like by just looking at a single puzzle piece. As an industry, we are obsessed with looking at individual components of our applications rather than the entire application architecture. 

Just looking at one type of security risk is a very narrow and limited approach to ensuring your applications are compliant and secure. There must be a better approach to ensure that you are not wasting time, resources, and money.

What is application risk insight?

Application risk insight is a complete understanding of all the components of your application architecture and how they work together. It allows you to understand how your application processes sensitive data like PII, PHI, and PCI. 

Is this sensitive data accessed by a web application with a critical CVE that has misconfigured secret management issues? If you look at one application component, you will never find this type of multi-level security issue.

Bionic’s Application Security Posture Management = Complete Application Risk Insight.

Application Security Posture Management or ASPM is your solution to understanding absolute risk, compliance, and security issues for all application components. 

ASPM accomplishes this by collecting the deployed application artifacts and then using static analysis techniques to reverse engineer them to give you a complete architectural map of ALL application components and how they interact. 

This map is code accurate to what you deployed to your production environment.

Specific Bionic ASPM Application Risk Insights: Risk Scoring

Bionic Risk Score is Bionic’s interpretation of what defines application risk.

This unique feature indicates the violations that need mitigating first as they have

the most impact on the application’s overall risk. Bionic’s Risk Score is designed to help different teams prioritize this mitigation work regarding services and networks that they are responsible for. Adding Risk Score to different entities in Bionic’s applications is designed to support the following use cases:

  • CISO visibility into the organization’s security posture and ability to measure it over time
  • AppSec team needs to identify and mitigate the riskiest applications and/or services
  • AppSec/DevSecOps team’s ability to shorten violation remediation lifecycle and improve SLA by automating planning using specific rules to create tickets, using Risk Score as a filter
  • AppSec teams need to be notified if there is an application with a rising Risk Score so the appropriate action can be taken
  • Cloud/Network Architects need to understand the correlation between architecture drift and risk
  • DevOps/DevSecOps need to understand the potential impact of deploying new applications on the overall organization security posture
  • Cloud/Network Architect need to identify the riskiest areas of the network, such as cloud provider, region, availability zone, etc.

Specific Bionic ASPM Application Risk Insights: Tagging of Services with Sensitive Data

Since Bionic is reverse-engineering the deployed application artifacts, it can see database calls to identify table and column names and automatically tag services that contain sensitive data. This insight into where sensitive data exists in your application architecture and what consumes it is critical. This information allows you to prioritize which issues to fix first. 

For example, if an application service with a high-risk score accesses sensitive data and communication with a third-party service, it would be advisable to remediate this issue as soon as possible.

Specific Bionic ASPM Application Risk Insights: Visualization of Application Architecture Deployment

Bionic allows you to easily change the application architecture map to show many different representations of the application architecture. From Data Flow views to Cloud Provider, Region, and Zone views; you have insights into the blast radius when an issue is identified.

Why Should I Care?

We need to stop throwing hypothetical darts at a dart board to identify and remediate security issues one issue at a time. Just looking at one component of an application in a vacuum does not work anymore. 

Bionic’s ASPM provides complete insight into the application architecture, including all services, data flows, and associated risks. This type of insight allows you to make a much better decision on the prioritization of risk and the associated remediation steps.

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