So now that we can see the importance of a multilayered approach to AppSec, the question remains, how do you gain consolidated insight across your entire enterprise security landscape when risk data continues to live within point tools and teams?
If you approach your consolidation initiative by first adding a layer of abstraction between the development team and the security tools you are using, you can achieve three core goals for your AppSec program. First, you remove the burden of the development team to learn multiple UIs and let them continue to work within the tools they already know. Second, you remove the burden on the AppSec team to implement standard and consistent policies across each of the point tools being used by the different development teams across the company. And third, and quite importantly, with all your security tools running through one place, you gain a single source of truth for what was tested, what was found, what was fixed, and what your overall risk is at any point in time.
This layer of abstraction is one of the key benefits of application security posture management (ASPM) tools. They act as a translation layer between AppSec and development, so AppSec teams can continue to control and implement policies, SLAs, dashboards, and reporting, and development can quickly understand what needs to be fixed and how.
An ASPM tool will aggregate, normalize, and prioritize findings across all security tools in one centralized location. This will reduce noise for development teams so they can focus on what to fix, in what order, and by what date, enabling them to keep the development process moving. Identifying and prioritizing critical issues with an accurate business context of applications, components, and associated security data provides teams with an actionable picture of overall software risk at any point in time.