Application Security Management

As organizations move to open up their applications for self-service, they are typically putting a web interface in front with some associated business logic. As web interfaces are the preferred medium of attack for hackers, the enterprise applications are now subject to hacking and potential data breaches in ways that they never were before.

The typical—and prudent—initial reaction is to do a security review of web applications before they go live. This can be effective, but it is an expensive way of being secure. A better approach is to proactively build in security from the beginning, making use of the existing development tools to communicate with the development team. This will help drive out security flaws early in the development cycle, when code is cheaper to fix. Then the security review becomes a verification step, ensuring that vulnerabilities are not present as you move applications into production environments.

Application security solutions are designed to help you:

  • Reduce the risk of outage, defacement or data theft associated with web applications.
  • Improve your ability to manage various compliance requirements.
  • Protect your brand and reputation.
  • Improve your ability to integrate business-critical applications.
  • Reduce long-term security costs by focusing on building security into application development and delivery instead of retrofitting it.
  • Achieve the overriding goal of better managing your business infrastructure.

Application security is no longer an option. Once you accept this premise, then the only question is how to reduce the cost of your application security program. IBM has developed a set of tools to enable automated security testing, and these solutions integrate with development environments to help reduce the cost of being secure.