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Elevating Node.js security with the latest v5 Node agent

Elevating Node.js security with the latest v5 Node agent

Node.js is an incredibly popular programming environment, highly regarded for its efficiency and scalability. It powers a wide range of applications, from web applications to real-time chat applications, application programming interfaces (APIs) and more, making it a cornerstone of modern web development. However, with great popularity comes significant attention, not just from developers and enterprises but also from malicious actors looking to exploit vulnerabilities.

The double-edged sword of Node.js applications

While Node.js offers unparalleled flexibility and performance, it is not immune to security vulnerabilities. Common threats include cross-site scripting (XSS), remote code execution (RCE) and SQL injection, among others. These vulnerabilities can compromise sensitive data, disrupt service and tarnish an organization's reputation.

Introducing the new v5 Node agent: A leap in Runtime Security

Our latest v5 Node agent introduces a paradigm shift in how security and observability are handled in Node.js environments. Unlike traditional agents, v5 is uniquely equipped to perform both in-depth vulnerability assessment and to deliver robust, full-blocking runtime protection capabilities. This dual functionality ensures that you can monitor your applications in real time and actively prevent attacks as they happen.


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Key features and benefits of the v5 Node agent:

  • Performance enhancement: With up to 2x faster execution, v5 ensures your applications run smoothly without compromising on security.
  • Reduced package size: An 80% reduction in package size means a lighter, more efficient deployment, minimizing the impact on your system's resources.
  • Simultaneous Assess and Protect modes: For the first time, our agent can run both modes concurrently, offering comprehensive security without choosing between protection with Protect — Contrast’s Runtime Application Protection (RASP) solution — and  assessment with Assess — Contrast’s Interactive Application Security Testing (IAST) technology.

Why staying vigilant with the latest Node agent is crucial

In the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats, staying updated with the most advanced security tools is not just an option; it's a necessity. The v5 Node agent not only addresses the vulnerabilities inherent to Node.js but also adapts to cover a wide range of languages and frameworks, ensuring broad-spectrum defense against potential attacks.

As we phase out support for the older v4 Node agent and discontinue the vestigial Contrast Service, upgrading to v5 becomes essential for maintaining a robust security posture. The v5 agent signifies our commitment to innovation, offering our users a solution that's not only reactive but proactively protective.

Embrace the future of Node.js security

Our v5 Node agent represents a cutting-edge solution to the intricate security issues inherent in Node.js applications. Crafted to support both developers and security professionals, this agent brings a unified strategy to safeguarding your applications. The introduction of v5 enables your applications to benefit from comprehensive vulnerability assessments and the full spectrum of observability features offered by Assess. Concurrently, v5 ensures active protection by intercepting and neutralizing threats in real time, thanks to Protect — our runtime protection technology. This dual capability allows for an environment where assessments and protective measures operate in tandem, ensuring your applications are not only monitored but actively defended against security threats.

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Ali Tajiki, Senior Product Manager, Contrast Security

Ali Tajiki, Senior Product Manager, Contrast Security

Ali is a servant leader problem solver who enjoys his free time with mixed-martial arts, weightlifting, video games and family/friends. Growing up in the Bay Area, he saw the impact of technology and wanted to be involved in the disruption. He studied electrical engineering at UCLA then went to work at Symantec as a software engineer within Security Technology and Response (STAR). After receiving his MBA and contributing to the launch of Peacock streaming by NBC, he has joined Contrast to help transform our platform to become the next category-defining product.