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Contrast Security Review: CSO Magazine
"Contrast Security has one of the most elegant solutions out there for application security."Read the report.
2020 Magic Quadrant for App Security Testing
Gartner names Contrast Security as “Visionary” in the Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing.Read the report.
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Contrast Labs Application Security Intelligence Report (Nov - Dec 2020)

Read this Bimonthly Report to gain insights into key vulnerability and attack trends and insights from November-December 2020.

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Whitepaper
State of Application Security: Libraries & Software Composition Analysis

This report highlights analytics gathered from within 1,857 running applications, including several thousand different open source libraries, frameworks, and modules. Read this whitepaper to get the full report on all analysis results gathered by Contrast Labs on running applications and APIs using Contrast's security analysis and protection platform.

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Whitepaper
Indecent Exposure

Read this whitepaper to review why today's application security leaves enterprises wide open to attacks. And even worse? The adoption of these tools has caused tensions within businesses and in some cases, cultivated a false sense of security. A new approach for securing applications will be introduced to provide the speed, visibility, and accuracy across the entire application portfolio while delivering all layers of defense organizations need.

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Technical Brief
The Four Critical Dimensions of Application Security "Coverage"

For many, coverage is the third rail yet it is perhaps the most critical part of your application security strategy. It is a deceptively complex concept, but in this technical brief, our recommendations can help you build an application security program that allows organizations to understand and improve coverage, instead of just measuring the size of your pile of vulnerabilities.

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Executive Brief
A False Sense of Application Security

In 2015, the Cyber Security Division of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) co-fundedan application security benchmark project to measure the speed, coverage, and accuracy of application security products. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) allows organizations to freely assess products they have or are planning to use. The results demonstrate conclusively that most organizations are operating with a false sense of security, and need to revisit their application security technology choices.

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Technical Brief
Accurately Accessing AppSec with the OWASP Benchmark

With the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Benchmark, organizations now have a way to systematically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their current solutions and alternatives. Contrast Security, which the OWASP Benchmark demonstrated as exceptionally accurate, is an evident choice to augment or replace existing SAST and DAST tools.

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Technical Brief
The Case for Application Security Monitoring (ASM)

The advent of ASM provides IT Operations and Security teams unprecedented visibility and control over the security of the application layer. Operations teams already use similar tools for monitoring performance of the running application: Application Performance Management (APM) solutions such as AppDynamics, Dynatrace or New Relic. These telemetry products use an agent-based technology to instrument the running application and measure performance just like Contrast does for security!

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Technical Brief
5 Facts How RASP Transforms AppSec Programs

Learn how RASP can transform your security organization in both the development and operation cycle. RASP delivers visibility into application security events, better and broader application protection, and security that fits with modern application approaches.

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Executive Brief
5 Facts About Protecting Applications with RASP

This executive brief outlines 5 facts that executives must know about Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP). RASP is an emerging technology that allows organizations to accurately and easily stop hackers from comprising the #1 data breach vector custom enterprise applications.

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Technical Brief
Get the Most Out of Your WAF Investment

Ultimately, Contrast Protect was originally built to be a "WAF killer" however, as we started making conversations with organizations, they stated that WAF was a worthwhile investment and they do not plan on getting rid of it. For this reason, we instead leveraged our RASP technology to help aid known limitations of WAF for a better, more accurate way to protect web applications in production.

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Solution Brief
Securing Your Open Source Software Applications

Open Source Software (OSS) continues to grow in popularity because of its ability to help organizations accelerate the release and delivery of software. Read this solution brief to learn how Contrast Security empowers your organization to work rapidly while weaving security seamlessly into your OSS to successfully reduce software vulnerabilities and associated risks.

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Executive Brief
Digital Transformation, DevOps and Security

Success with Digital Transformation faces many challenges therefore, organizations must ensure every link in their digital chain is strong. This executive brief will cover how its weakest link, security, increases the risk because of the increase in dynamic, modular, and distributed software.

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Whitepaper
IAST: Application Security Built for Modern Software

IAST is designed for software development, where accurate results are needed quickly, but security expertise is scarce. According to Gartner "The goal of IAST (Interactive Application Security Testing) is fast and accurate security testing that is suitable for use in development, where minimal security expertise is present and accurate results are needed quickly. Read how Contrast Assess, our IAST solution, deploys an intelligent agent that instruments the application with smart sensors to analyze code in real-time from within the application.

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Executive Brief
Application Security Coverage

In this executive brief, we leverage four reasons why the time for Static Application Security Testing (SAST) has passed. We provide a practical comparison between Contrast Assess (IAST) and SAST tools to examine their respective abilities to deliver coverage.

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SANS Report: What Works in Application Security

John Pescatore, Director of Emerging Security Trends at SANS Institute, interviews Liberty Mutual on their selection and deployment of Contrast Security. The Application Security team was looking to identify application security tools and processes that are more accurate and faster, as well as to integrate into Agile development frameworks and CI/CD.

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Introduction to RASP

In the course of a single month, every application will be attacked at least once, and more than half will experience many thousands of attacks across a wide array of vectors. Read this DZone article to learn how RASP prevents vulnerabilities during deployment and detects attacks and prevents exploits in production.

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Executive Brief
The DevOps Ready Security Program

This executive brief outlines 6 pro tips on how to establish a DevOps-ready Security program fabricated by lessons learned across every successful DevOps focused organization. Contrast Security has witnessed and assisted in the revolution of information security in an Agile & DevOps world.

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Introduction to DevSecOps

Organizations practicing DevSecOps have shown impressive results. Early adopters are 2.6x more likely to have security testing keep up with frequent application updates and show a 2x reduction in time to fix vulnerabilities. This report will show you how to get started with DevSecOps with key themes, crucial steps to begin your journey, and a guide to choosing security tools and technologies to build your DevSecOps pipeline.

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Whitepaper
Contrast Assess

Contrast Assess is an Application Security Testing solution that transforms an organization's ability to secure software by making applications self-protecting. This whitepaper will cover how Contrast Assess' unique architecture and how it implements Interactive Application Security Testing to make software capable of assessing itself continuously for vulnerabilities while providing the highest accuracy, efficiency, and coverage.

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Introduction to IAST

The problem is simple, we have a massive "scale" problem in application security with a very limited number of security professionals to apply to the problem, but there are almost 20 million developers worldwide. Running tools such as SAST, DAST, and SCA requires the needed skill to utilize in your DevOps teams. IAST allows you to automatically identify and diagnose software vulnerabilities in applications and APIs without expertise needed.

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Coalfire Report: Contrast Security Product Applicability Guide for PCI Compliance

Contrast has engaged Coalfire, a respected Payment Card Industry (PCI) and Payment Application (PA) Qualified Security Assessor Company (QSAC), to conduct an independent technical evaluation of Contrasts integrated application security platform consisting of two products, Contrast Assess and Contrast Protect. This product applicability guide will cover how Contrast Assess and Protect function within an organizations compliance strategy for PCI DSS, PA-DSS, and the PCI Secure Software Standard.

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Top 10 Vulnerability Attacks of Summer 2019

This report summarizes our analysis of real world application attack data that took place between the months of June and August of 2019. Our latest report outlines data from vulnerability attacks Contrast Security observed over the summer and highlights the key trends found during this time.

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Whitepaper
Modern Application Security Playbook

Gartner estimates by 2020 100% of large enterprises will be asked to report to their Board of Directors on cybersecurity and technology risk at least annually. So how can you effectively communicate and translate tech-laden concepts on security that resonate? This whitepaper offers some simple tips to help make your presentation more impactful and relatable.

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Year in Review: Top Attacks of 2019

This report summarizes our analysis of real world application attack data that took place in 2019. Our annual report outlines data from vulnerability attacks Contrast Security observed throughout the year of 2019 and highlights the key trends found during this time.

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Whitepaper
Perimeter Security Noise leaves Applications Vulnerable to Attacks

Read the white paper to learn how traditional perimeter security lacks sufficient visibility to differentiate which attacks can impact a running application.


 

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Contrast Labs Application Security Intelligence Report (Jan. - Feb. 2020)

Read the latest report to gain insights into the vulnerabilities found and attacks targeting the applications that Contrast Labs monitors and protects.

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Contrast Labs Application Security Intelligence Report (July - August 2020)
Read the Contrast Labs Application Security Intelligence Report for July-August 2020 to get an analysis of the latest vulnerability and attack trends based data collected from applications by Contrast Security solutions.
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Contrast Labs Application Security Intelligence Report (March - April 2020)

Read the Contrast Labs Application Security Intelligence Report for March-April 2020 to glean trends and recommendations on vulnerability management and prioritization.

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AppSec For The Newly Hired CISO/CSO
Read the ebook to learn how application security plays an important role in the organization and why it needs to be included in the first 100-day plans for newly hired CISOs/CSOs.
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Contrast Labs Application Security Intelligence Report (May - June 2020)
Read the Contrast Labs Application Security Intelligence Report for May-June 2020 to get details on serious vulnerabilities, Java and .NET vulnerabilities and attacks, top attack trends, and the application security watch list.
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Contrast 2020 Application Security Observability Report
Read the latest Contrast Security research report Contrast 2020 Application Security Observability Report to uncover the latest web application vulnerabilities and risks.
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Securing and Protecting Contrast with Contrast
Understand the business value the Contrast platform can deliver for you by getting a transparent look underneath the hood of our deployment in this study.
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THE STATE OF DEVSECOPS REPORT

Read Contrast Security’s “The State of DevSecOps Report” to discover how organizations are addressing application security—covering everything from the biggest challenges to valuable trending insights.

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Contrast Labs Application Security Intelligence Report (Sept. - Oct. 2020)

Read this Bimonthly Report to learn what application vulnerabilities and attacks posed the greatest risk during September-October.

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RISK SCORE INDEX REPORT

Read this Report to learn about the Contrast RiskScore algorithm, its initial use on different vulnerability types, and how to get involved when it is released as an open-source project.

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