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Forrester: The State Of Application Security 2022

Applications are once again the top cause of external breaches, and software supply chain concerns added complexity to a challenging year. As development leaders take greater ownership of security in the pipeline, it’s time for security pros to shift their focus to more-strategic product security concerns. 

Security pros should use this complimentary report from Forrester to benchmark their application security and stay on top of emerging security tools to ensure that they don’t get caught unaware in 2022 and beyond.

Applications Remain The Most Common Attack Vector in 2022.

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The Secure Everywhere Movement Is Here

Shift left is becoming shift everywhere. Security scanning is getting adopted at every stage of the software development lifecycle – with higher coverage bringing more confidence in each deployment.

Development teams now have greater responsibilities and adequate tooling to handle the day-to-day application security issues. Security teams should take this opportunity to let go of the tactical and shift their focus to strategic product security.

This report covered the following topics:

  • Applications remain the top attack vector, but supply chain is a strong runner-up
  • Application security tooling budgets are shifting to development teams
  • Shift Left is becoming shift everywhere
  • Planned AppSec adoption cross-industry reveals gaps and strengths
  • How security teams can let go of the tactical to start playing a more strategic role

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GitGuardian is a great tool to improve security starting from the development. I greatly appreciated the pre-commit integration that allows developers to very easily prevent accidental commits.

What I like the most about GitGuardian is the ability to automatically scan source code and detect leaked secrets. It has enabled us to add additional security control to our CI/CD pipeline, and enabled us to shift further left in the SDLC by implementing pre-commit hooks for developers to test their code before it is committed.

The perfect GitHub companion! It helps you track any sensitive data you may have shared in the repos, either public or private. Its algorithm is pretty advanced and I've never had any false positives.

We have definitely seen a return on investment when it finds things that are real. We have caught a couple of things before they made it to production, and had they made it to production, that would have been dangerous. For example, AWS secrets, if that ever got leaked, would have allowed people full access to our environment. Just catching two or three of those a year is our return on investment.

Overall, GitGuardian has also helped us develop a security-minded culture. We're serious about shift-left and getting better about code security. I think a lot of people in the organization are getting more mindful about what a hardcoded secret is.

Time to remediation is now in minutes or hours, whereas it used to take days or weeks previously. That's the biggest improvement. Because it is automated and visible to the author, someone from the security team doesn't have to remind them or recheck it. That means the slowdown in the deployment process has definitely been improved by an order of magnitude. There is easily a 30-hour improvement on time to remediation, which is about an 85 percent decrease.

The solution has reduced our mean time to remediation. We are down to less than a day. In the past, without context, knowing who made the commit, or kind of secret it was, sometimes it was taking us a lot longer to determine the impact and what actions needed to be taken.

I can say that tracking down a hardcoded secret, getting it migrated out of source code, getting the secret rotated, and cleaning the Git history took much longer from commit until the full resolution before GitGuardian. We weren't notified until it was too late, but with GitGuardian, we know almost instantly.

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