More than half of all breaches involve web applications* — yet less than 10% of organizations ensure all critical applications are reviewed for security before and during production.
Clearly, organizations need a way to replace fragmented, manual pen testing with ongoing, automated scanning so they can protect their global application infrastructures — without hiring more consultants or installing more servers and scanning tools.
The leading vector for cyber-attacks
Applications have become the path of least resistance for cyber-attackers because they are:
- onstantly exposed to the Internet and easy to probe by outside attackers using freely available tools that look for common vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection.
- Easier to attack than traditional targets such as the network and host operating system layers which have been hardened over time. Plus, networks and operating systems are further protected by mitigating controls such as next-generation firewalls and IDS/IPS systems.
- Driven by short development cycles that increase the probability of design and coding errors — because security is often overlooked when the key objective is rapid time-to-market.
- Assembled from hybrid code obtained from a mix of in-house development, outsourced code, third-party libraries and open source — without visibility into which components contain critical vulnerabilities.