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Application Security Resources

Contrast Security Review: CSO Magazine
"Contrast Security has one of the most elegant solutions out there for application security."Read the report.
2018 Magic Quadrant for App Security Testing
Gartner again positions Contrast Security as sole “Visionary” in the Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing.Read the report.
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2018 Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing
Gartner again positions Contrast Security as sole “Visionary” in the Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing.
We believe being named a Visionary validates Contrast Security's ability to replace legacy application security testing solutions.

Read the NEW 2018 report to see:
  • A comprehensive view of best practices and trends in application security
  • A complete assessment of vendors in the space
  • See how Contrast Security is transforming the market by delivering a solution that is a perfect fit with agile, DevOps-friendly, high-velocity software development.
Read the Gartner Report
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Contrast Assess
Market-defining Interactive Applications Security Testing for Modern Agile & DevOps Methodology

Contrast Assess transforms an organization’s ability to secure software by making applications self-protecting.

This whitepaper will cover how Contrast Assess’ unique Interactive Application Security Testing (IAST) architecture makes software capable of assessing itself continuously for vulnerabilities while providing the highest accuracy, efficiency, and coverage.
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State of Application Security: Libraries & Software Composition Analysis
This report highlights analytics gathered from within 1,857 running applications, which included several thousand different open source libraries, frameworks, and modules.

Good news:
Software libraries represent just 7 % of vulnerabilities

This means:
Custom code accounts for 93% of overall vulnerabilities

If these stats look interesting, you need to read the full report. You'll get all analysis results gathered by Contrast Labs from running applications and APIs using Contrast’s security analysis and protection platform.
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Continuous Application Security Handbook
We reject the old paradigm of periodic and serial scanning, hacking, and patching, which has proven expensive and ineffective. Instead, Continuous Application Security (CAS) relies on security instrumentation in every application. This instrumentation provides security visibility, assessment, and protection in real time and in parallel across the entire application portfolio.
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Indecent Exposure
Why Application Security Leaves Enterprises Wide Open to Attacks

This paper reviews why today's application security does not work and how they failed to deliver on their promises. Worse, the adoption of these tools has caused tensions within businesses and, in some cases, cultivated a false sense of security. After reviewing some of the pitfalls of legacy application security tools and why they have failed, a new approach for securing applications will be introduced. An approach that provides the speed, visibility, and accuracy across the entire application portfolio while delivering all layers of defense that organizations need.
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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.

Contrast Assess 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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Digital Transformation, DevOps and Security
A Chain is Only as Strong as Its Weakest Link

Insight from an Industry Expert: Jason Bloomberg, President of Intellyx

Success with Digital Transformation faces many challenges. Organizations must ensure that every link in their digital chain is strong. The three links discussed in this paper are:
  • Digital Transformation itself, customer-driven, software-empowered.
  • How organizations build and deploy software rapidly to keep up with ever-changing customer demands, ongoing technology innovation, and the relentless pace of competition.
  • The weakest link: Security. Increasingly dynamic, modular, and distributed software expands the enterprise threat surface, increasing the risk profile – a primary concern not just for technology leadership, but for the C-Suite as well.
Read the Executive Brief
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The DevOps Ready Security Program
6 Tips for a CISO to Bring Security into the DevOps Era

Contrast Security has witnessed and assisted in the revolution of information security in an agile & DevOps-first world. This technical brief provides the most important lessons learned through the years and seen consistently across every successful DevOps focused organization.

Establishing a DevOps-ready security program is possible. Leveraging the 6 pro tips outlined in this brief will allow you to do that in a way that gives you quick wins, gets key stakeholders on board and improves total cost of ownership.
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Application Security Coverage
Four Reasons the Time for Static Application Security Testing (SAST) Has Passed

In this executive brief, we leverage this four-dimensional framework to provide a practical comparison between Contrast Assess and Static Application Security Testing tools and examine their respective abilities to deliver coverage.

The four dimensions of application security testing coverage include:
  • Portfolio Coverage
  • Security Analysis Coverage
  • Code Coverage
  • Continuous Coverage
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5 Facts How RASP Transforms AppSec Programs
Learn How RASP Can Transform Your Security Organization in Both Development and Operation.

Application security professionals need to investigate what RASP can do for their organizations. From visibility into application security events, to better, broader application protection, to security that fits with modern application approaches, RASP promises to deliver where legacy application security solutions have come up short.
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A False Sense of Application Security
An Executive Overview of the OWASP Cyber Security Benchmark Study

In 2015, the Cyber Security Division of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) co-funded an application security benchmark project to measure the speed, coverage, and accuracy of application security products. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Benchmark Project lets organizations 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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The Four Critical Dimensions of Application Security
The Four Critical Dimensions of Application Security "Coverage"
For many vendors, “coverage” is the third rail — but 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 you to understand and improve coverage, instead of just measuring the size of your pile of vulnerabilities.
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Securing Your Open Source Software Applications
Removing a False Sense of Open Source Security

This solution brief explains how Open Source Software (OSS) encompasses modular, pre-built and reusable components that accelerate the release and delivery of software, resulting in lower development costs and faster time-to-market. Automated security needs to be a key component for OSS that can integrate into fast-paced Agile and DevOps workflow environments. in order to actively pursue, manage and remediate vulnerabilities within the entire codebase.
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The Case for Application Security Monitoring (ASM)
Improving Application Performance and Resilience with Security Monitoring

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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5 Facts About Protecting Applications with RASP
This executive brief outlines 5 facts that executives must know about RASP. RASP is an emerging technology that lets organizations accurately easily stop hackers from comprising the #1 data breach vector – custom enterprise applications.
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Accurately Accessing AppSec with the OWASP Benchmark Project
Time to Reevaluate Application Security Products and Programs

With the OWASP Benchmark, organizations now have a way to systematically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their current solutions and alternatives. Contrast Enterprise, which the OWASP Benchmark demonstrated is exceptionally accurate, is a natural choice to augment or replace existing SAST and DAST solutions.
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Get the Most Out of Your WAF Investment While Stopping the Next Struts 2 Attack
RASP + WAF: Full Protection for Your Running Applications

Contrast Security built Contrast Protect as a “WAF killer;” a better, more accurate and scalable way to protect web applications in production. However, customers told us something completely different. Specifically, they told us that WAF is a worthwhile investment and they do not plan on getting rid of it.
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Easily Spot Vulnerabilities &
Stop Attacks in Real-Time

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