Devsecops Buyer's Guide: Application Security

As applications have evolved to become more complex and distributed, the effectiveness of traditional application security has fallen behind in several critical areas including eliminating vulnerabilities during software development, tracking of open-source software (OSS) risks, and protecting applications post-development release. This leaves the enterprise software factory more vulnerable than ever before. It’s no wonder web application attacks are up 56% year over year. In addition, we are seeing a surge in attacks on software vendors and the supply chain, as well as a rise in targeted threats on cloud-native application infrastructure.

Choosing an effective application security testing solution should be based on the specific requirements of modern software, work anywhere in the software development life cycle (SDLC), and focus on discovering and testing for vulnerabilities in addition to remediating them. Core capabilities include criteria for vulnerability identification, software composition analysis, runtime protection, and compliance, among others. This document intends to serve as a template for requests for proposals (RFPs) or application security vendor selection projects.