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Gartner®: Application Security Guide for Software Engineering Leaders

Safeguarding applications is a paramount concern for software engineering leaders. Recent research from Gartner underscores this urgency: over half of these leaders bear direct responsibility for application security, while another third share this duty. Malicious actors now focus their efforts on targeting an organization's hosted applications. To counter this, leading engineering organizations are modernizing both application security and the software development life cycle (SDLC) processes.

This report delves into the critical need for integrating security measures directly into the SDLC. Download this Gartner report now and modernize your application security practices.

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A Roadmap to Strengthening Application Security

This report provides actionable insights to help you navigate the challenges and implement strategies to strengthen your application security.

This report covers the following actions:

  • Empowering Developers: Educate teams on identifying and mitigating security vulnerabilities, leveraging their expertise in enhancing application security.
  • End-to-End Visibility: Correlate, orchestrate, and visualize the software development life cycle for a comprehensive view, enabling effective identification and mitigation of security gaps.
  • Security by Design: Embed security requirements in the application design phase, proactively minimizing vulnerabilities.
  • Guardrails and Automated Testing: Integrate security measures at every stage of the software development life cycle, leveraging automated testing for enhanced protection.

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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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