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The Complete Application Security Checklist

Our Complete Application Security Checklist describes 11 best practices that’ll help you minimize your risk from cyber attacks and protect your data.

The Complete Application Security Checklist

Application security is a crowded, confusing field. And it grows more confusing every day as cyber threats increase and new AppSec vendors jump into the market. Securing your applications against today’s cyber threats means facing a veritable jungle of products, services, and solutions.

If you’re setting off into the application security jungle, don’t leave home without a map. Our Complete Application Security Checklist outlines 11 best practices that describe how to secure your applications and protect your data in the current threat environment.

The Complete Application Security Checklist

11 Best Practices to Minimize Risk and Protect Your Data

Address the No. 1 attack vector—your applications.

  • Best practice 1: Eliminate vulnerabilities before applications go into production.
  • Best practice 2: Address security in architecture, design, and open source and third-party components.
  • Best practice 3: Adopt security tools that integrate into the developer’s environment.

Put the right tools in place.

  • Best practice 4: Build an “AppSec toolbelt” that brings together the solutions needed to address your risks.
  • Best practice 5: Analyze your application security risk profile so you can focus your efforts.

Ensure your team has sufficient skills and resources.

  • Best practice 6: Develop a program to raise the level of AppSec competency in your organization.
  • Best practice 7: Provide your staff with sufficient training in AppSec risks and skills.
  • Best practice 8: Augment internal staff to address skill and resource gaps.

Address changing AppSec risks when moving to the cloud.

  • Best practice 9: Make sure you understand your cloud security provider’s risks and controls.
  • Best practice 10: Develop a structured plan to coordinate security initiative improvements with cloud migration.
  • Best practice 11: Establish security blueprints outlining cloud security best practices.

Ready to put these best practices into action? Check out The CISO’s Ultimate Guide to Securing Applications.

Get the CISO's Ultimate Guide to AppSec


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