Government data is a constant target for malicious activity by both individual and state-sponsored hackers. But weaknesses in source code and design, unpatched vulnerabilities, and inadequate application security practices all expose your organization and constituents to significant risk. That’s why maintaining security in today’s complex application landscape is paramount for government agencies.
With recent security mandates for government agencies, as well as strategic plans for federal cyber security, it’s imperative that you have an established set of tools and automated processes to detect and manage quality and security risks throughout the software development life cycle.
Recent reports from the FTC and Verizon find that government applications face significant and unrelenting attacks, making them the target of the greatest number of cyber incidents and breaches across industry sectors. The goal established by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) is to ensure that application security and risk management practices make the cost of an attempted attack greater than the potential benefit of a breach.
Federal mandates and strategic initiatives outline the criteria to successfully achieve target levels of application security, deter security hackers, and encourage the proliferation of software across the federal government.