Application Security Posture Management for CISOs

Team Wabbi

January 25, 2024

Why Application Security Matters to Me:
Evaluating Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) for CISOs  

In today’s digital landscape, where cyber threats are constantly evolving, organizations must prioritize their cybersecurity measures to protect their sensitive data and maintain their reputation. This is the first in a series of blog posts that explores, from a firsthand perspective, why the various stakeholders in Application Security implement Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) as the backbone to their DevSecOps program.  

In this segment, we look at the value of ASPM for the CISO.  

I am a CISO…

My job is to prevent bad things from coming in and taking them out when they do. To accomplish this, I have three priorities:   

  1. Keep my company off the front page : What do I need to safeguard, and how do I do it?  
  2. Set the strategy for how I keep the company off that page: What is that process by which I ensure we are consistently following our security standards, and what is the process when the standards haven’t been followed? 
  3. Manage my budget while accomplishing 1 & 2: Ideas are free, but how can I actually accomplish my strategy within my constraints? 
            9 out of 10 breaches begin due to defects in code…

            So whether I came up through a network security background or I was a developer that became a security wonk, I know application security is foundational to my cybersecurity strategy. However, AppSec is a little different from the rest of my security protocols as it requires coordination with Development who is deploying at least once per month in 82% of organizations and has 100 developers to every 1 of my managers, not to mention the fact that more than 26,000 new vulnerabilities were found last year, and that number will only keep growing.  

            And there are three levers in which I manage my budget:

              1. My Workforce 
              2. My Tools 
              3. My Team’s Productivity 
            Why Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) for me?

            Application Security Posture Management gives me the confidence to know that we followed our standards and as a result we didn’t have any reportable breaches this quarter, because even when we had to accept risk, we followed the process to do so. As a result, I’ve been able to:  

              1. Prove the value of my tools so I can keep using them to ensure we identify and respond to issues before they become catastrophes. 
              2. Keep my team happy because they’re not bogged down by manual work or constantly firefighting. 
              3. Confidently know that no matter how big my development organization is or how small my AppSec team is, application security processes and procedures we have set-forth have been followed – and when they haven’t, the appropriate notifications and approval processes have been followed as well.

            Are you ready to capture the benefits for yourself or your CISO?

            Learn more about Wabbi, the industry’s only universal Application Security Posture Management platform that allows security and development to become integrated without disrupting either of their existing workflows.

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