Risk
2/3/2014
01:52 PM
Dark Reading
Dark Reading
Products and Releases
50%
50%

SANS Institute Application Security Survey Finds Sharp Increase In Formal Appsec Programs

Yet an ongoing shortage of skills is severely hampering the implementation of effective app-sec programs

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SANS Institute today announced that in its recent survey of 488 IT professionals, an ongoing shortage of skills in application security is severely hampering the implementation of effective Appsec programs.

The 2014 Application Security Programs and Practices survey, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, Qualys and Veracode, queried IT and security professionals about the current and future state of application security in their organizations.

"One thing that stands out this year is the increase in number of organizations with a formal application security program in place. Approximately 83% of respondents (up from 66%) have an Appsec program in place, and more than 37% (up from 33%) have a program that has been operating for more than five years," says SANS Analyst Frank Kim. "This indicates that a lot of progress is being made, but it also highlights that there is much more to do."

In the survey, more than 35% of respondents test the security of their business-critical applications on an ongoing basis, up from 23% in last year's survey. And, encouragingly, only a small percentage (fewer than 3%) of respondents left application security to chance and did not test at all.

The survey found that a lack of qualified staff and lack of skills are seen as the major inhibitors to instituting Appsec programs.

"This year's survey provides valuable and surprising insights into the challenges that organizations face today in implementing a successful Appsec program," says SANS Analyst Jim Bird. "It's not only funding and getting management buy-in--there are other, more fundamental problems, including a shortage of skills, that are preventing people from taking care of security where it makes the most difference, upfront in design and development."

Results and insights surrounding application security will be released during a webcast on Wednesday, February 12, at 1 PM EST. To register for the complimentary webcast please visit: http://www.sans.org/info/150770

Those who register for these webcasts will be given access to an advanced copy of the associated report developed by Jim Bird and Frank Kim.

The SANS Analyst Program, www.sans.org/reading_room/analysts_program, is part of the SANS Institute.

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest source for world-class information security training and security certification in the world, offering over 50 training courses each year. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, is a certification body featuring over 27 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community.

(www.SANS.org)

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading Tech Digest, Dec. 19, 2014
Software-defined networking can be a net plus for security. The key: Work with the network team to implement gradually, test as you go, and take the opportunity to overhaul your security strategy.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-9676
Published: 2015-02-27
The seg_write_packet function in libavformat/segment.c in ffmpeg 2.1.4 and earlier does not free the correct memory location, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service ("invalid memory handler") and possibly execute arbitrary code via a crafted video that triggers a use after free.

CVE-2014-9682
Published: 2015-02-27
The dns-sync module before 0.1.1 for node.js allows context-dependent attackers to execute arbitrary commands via shell metacharacters in the first argument to the resolve API function.

CVE-2015-0655
Published: 2015-02-27
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Unified Web Interaction Manager in Cisco Unified Web and E-Mail Interaction Manager allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via vectors related to a POST request, aka Bug ID CSCus74184.

CVE-2015-0884
Published: 2015-02-27
Unquoted Windows search path vulnerability in Toshiba Bluetooth Stack for Windows before 9.10.32(T) and Service Station before 2.2.14 allows local users to gain privileges via a Trojan horse application with a name composed of an initial substring of a path that contains a space character.

CVE-2015-0885
Published: 2015-02-27
checkpw 1.02 and earlier allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop) via a -- (dash dash) in a username.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
How can security professionals better engage with their peers, both in person and online? In this Dark Reading Radio show, we will talk to leaders at some of the security industry’s professional organizations about how security pros can get more involved – with their colleagues in the same industry, with their peers in other industries, and with the IT security community as a whole.