Most likely, your business runs on web applications. Whether they’re external-facing corporate websites with customer portals and shopping carts, internal-facing SSO login pages, HR portals, or team sites, they run on web apps. And these web applications provide a rich target for threat actors, who ceaselessly attempt to exploit vulnerabilities in your business-critical applications so they can gain access to your back-end databases.
Like most modern organizations, chances are, you’re running some kind of continuous integration and continuous delivery/deployment (CI/CD) life cycle which means that you’re always pushing incremental changes to production. And organizations using CI/CD pipelines often use a quality assurance (QA) site to run security tests before pushing code to production. There are lots of great reasons for testing in a QA environment, but when security testing is limited to that QA environment, the incremental changes that CI/CD environment is constantly pushing out to production are not taken into account. This is probably an oversimplification of the process, but the fact remains that application security programs rely heavily on variables including: testing team availability, how often you update your QA sites, and the frequency of your security scans – and then demand that developers make fixes as vulnerabilities show up with each incremental code change.
Organizations and their security teams need to keep up with the pace of these constant incremental changes in their applications and in the production environments where those applications operate. They need a solution that tests their software using the same methods threat actors use when they are trying to breach them. And they need a solution that is constantly being improved and that scans continuously to provide ongoing improvement.