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ASPM Best Practices for Secure Success
Jessica Amado, March 14th, 2024

The Evolution of Applications From Monoliths to Modern Software Lifecycles

The days where applications were monoliths built of proprietary code, and releases were set quarterly are no more. Instead, they have been replaced by fast paced development sprints, with software created using plenty of code from open-source repositories. The growing complexities of software development and the associated risks have far exceeded the abilities of traditional application security.

 

Guardian of the Code

Enter: application security posture management (ASPM). ASPM embodies a comprehensive process of evaluating, managing, and enhancing an organization’s application security posture. From strengthening resilience against cyber threats to ensuring adherence to stringent security standards, ASPM encompasses a multifaceted strategy.

Gartner predicts that, by 2026, over 40% of organizations developing proprietary applications will adopt ASPM to more rapidly identify and resolve application security issues.

 

Navigating ASPM: Choosing the Right Tool for Your Needs

An effective ASPM process needs to seamlessly integrate into modern software development lifecycles. To operate continuously, efficiently and at scale, the help of an ASPM product is practically mandatory. But with a sea of ASPM products on the market – including those positioned as ASPM solutions solely in an attempt to jump on the bandwagon – knowing which tool will elevate your security efforts can be a daunting task.

Ultimately, ASPM solutions should remove the silos of remediation operations, offer a single source of truth for application security findings and facilitate a risk-based, proactive approach to remediation across the application lifecycle. These are the key features you should look out for when considering an ASPM tool:

 

1. Comprehensive Coverage

ASPM tools should offer unparalleled risk visibility by unifying and correlating application security data from disparate sources across the software development lifecycle (SDLC) into a single backlog. The consolidation of application security findings from various tools, such as static application security testing tools (SAST) and software composition analysis (SCA), as well as operational environments, like cloud platforms and on-premise servers, effectively eliminates silos. The result is a holistic view of an application’s security posture from development to deployment.

2. Prioritization

Remediation requires a strategic approach, but knowing what to focus on first can be overwhelming. ASPM products can provide the much needed guidance through risk-based prioritization. Taking into account internal risk factors, contextual landscape, and external threat intelligence sources, ASPM solutions can prioritize vulnerabilities according to business impact. Choosing an ASPM tool with strong prioritization capabilities ensures remediation efforts start with addressing the most critical security issues first. 

 

3. Ticketing and Workflow Integration

ASPM products can streamline the remediation process by seamlessly integrating with Jira and similar ticketing and workflow tools to automate the opening and routing of tickets to developers and DevSecOps teams. This not only expedits the remediation workflow, but also provides these teams with actionable context and guidance. By arming developers and DevSecOps teams with the necessary insights and directives, ASPM tools can empower them to enact remediation tasks with greater effectiveness and efficiency.

 

4. Continuous Risk Management

An optimal ASPM product will incorporate vulnerabilities from security testing tools across the SDLC, guaranteeing that teams get the most from security checks embedded within the development pipeline. This enhances the enforcement of security policies, while preserving the agility and speed of development. In doing so, ASPM tools can help prioritize potential risks that emerge early in the development phase, thereby preemptively averting the need for costly and intricate fixes at later stages. ASPM tools with such capability not only safeguard against vulnerabilities, but also safeguard valuable development resources, ensuring a robust and resilient application ecosystem. 

 

5. Reporting

Knowing where your remediation process stands relative to objectives is essential, and the best ASPM tools provide comprehensive reporting capabilities. With the ASPM tool, you can effortlessly track the remediation process and ensure SLA compliance. The reporting generated by ASPM not only aids in monitoring progress, but also serves as valuable documentation for future audits and regulatory compliance. By leveraging robust ASPM reporting features, organizations gain transparency and accountability, fostering an environment of continuous improvement.

 

One Step Closer to ASPM

When selecting the right solution for your security needs, it’s vital to make well-informed decisions. From comprehensive security posture visibility to proactive remediation capabilities and robust reporting features, this blog highlights the key aspects to look for in an ASPM tool. Armed with this knowledge, you can now confidently navigate the ASPM market and ensure that the tool you choose aligns with your organization’s security objectives.

 

Learn how Remediation Operations can provide you with the ASPM the capabilities you need, and more, and strengthen your application security posture.

 

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