Application Security Assessment

An Application Security Assessment is performed either manually or automatically, generally continuing throughout the software development life cycle. It will typically include focusing on using secure protocols, performing defined security checks on application code, performing regular code assessments, and training developers on safe coding practices and common mistakes (OWASP Top 10). Web application security assessment are designed to continually monitor website security, helping to identify and protect against application vulnerabilities, and keeping supporting applications and underlying systems fully patched and up-to-date.

Source: White Hat Security

Additional Reading: Security Assessment Market Is Booming Worldwide 

Related Terms: Firewall, Vulnerability

What does this mean for an SMB?

Website Application Security Assessments check and monitor for suspicious network traffic and activity and include a variety of vulnerability scanners, code analyzers, and penetration testing tools. Small to medium sized businesses that develop their own applications should include these measures in their development activities. SMB’s should also provide training to their developers on the most common insecure coding practices and mistakes that are made using OWASP Top 10 coding mistakes made. CyberHoot contains a series of 12 videos on OWASP security best practices at the ready for your developers to receive such training.  

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