Enterprise applications are becoming more central to organizations’ value streams, as companies across various industries look to accelerate their digital transformation. The consequent and exponential adoption of cloud services and applications is further fueled by remote work as teams seek to maintain productivity with effective and transparent processes.
This evolution often involves shifting app development to containers and microservices, which is great for rapid development and deployment, but leaves open the door for security vulnerabilities to sneak in. As development practices evolve, new threats and pitfalls emerge, such as external attacks, privilege abuse, and data theft.
Most organizations fail to adopt application security best practices that work to protect software, data, and users. In application security company Veracode’s annual State of Software Security Vol. 11 report, 76 percent of the 130,000 applications tested have at least one security flaw, while 24 percent contain high-severity flaws (those rated by Veracode as level 4 or 5). The most common flaws are information leakage, cryptographic issues, carriage return and line feed (CRLF) injection, and code quality flaws.
The researchers note that most of the flaws do not pose severe risks to the application. However, these flaws do slow production in the long run.
Organizations can secure their assets and defend their software by integrating application security best practices into their software development life cycle. For example, integrating security tools into your application development environment can make the security process and workflow more straightforward and effective by making security issues more visible, automating auditing, and providing real-time insights to threats and vulnerabilities.
In this ebook, we examine the top security risks modern enterprise applications face and help you understand the journey toward mitigating each risk.
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