Application Security Review Process – A Case Study
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What is application security, or AppSec? Let’s talk about web application security first. OWASP was created in 2001 and has been known as the best community for web application security. Volumes of online resources for web application security defects, security testing, and security projects have been produced by OWASP. Yet web application security is only […]

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Agile Feedback: 7 Agile Ceremonies and Processes That Benefit

(…and 1 that Doesn’t!) In my last blog post, I discussed why agile feedback is such an integral practice for high-performing teams. Feedback allows teams to effectively collaborate, communicate, and iterate to create a high-quality, polished product. While these qualities are always important, practice is even more invaluable during a time of physical distancing. When […]

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5 Work From Home Tips to Help You Through the Day

In the current world climate of a global pandemic, many companies have transitioned to working from home. But there are many professionals, including myself, that have worked from home even before the emergence of COVID-19. Working from home can be a difficult transition, especially if it was sudden, but there are many tips and tricks […]

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13 Ways to Improve Maintainability

At a high level, maintainability defines the ease with which changes can be made correctly. Correctness in this sense means that the intended changes are made without introducing unexpected side effects. Code should be structured so as to be easily modifiable. Tests should be in place to prevent regression, ensuring that existing functionality is unaffected […]

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Dependency Checking Your Ruby Application

Dependency Checking Your Ruby Application Checking your application’s dependencies for known vulnerabilities is a critical, relatively low effort step you should take to secure your application, which you may have read about in another recent article: What is SCA? Compared to the wealth of tools used for dependency checking in, for example JavaScript,  there’s not […]

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Database Security – A Pentester’s Notes
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One of the most prevalent issues that continue to vex application developers is weaknesses in database security that open us to exploit.  Database security is a broad subject, and I will not cover all the security issues here but want to provide context and understanding around some of the more comment vulnerabilities. In this blog, […]

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What is WAF?
WAF

Before diving into WAF security, it’s important to note the difference between web servers and application servers. A web server is internet facing on the front end, while an application server is where the code resides and is not internet facing. Between the web server and app server, all the HTTPs encrypted data is decrypted […]

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What is SCA?
SCA

SCA stands for Software Composition Analysis. It’s a technique where you try to analyze the dependencies that your application includes to make sure that they don’t have any known vulnerabilities. In fact, up to 80% of the components that we include in our applications have some known vulnerability in them which can expose our applications […]

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