CSC Launches New Application Security Solution

By CIOReview | Friday, May 30, 2014
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FALLS CHURCH, VA:  CSC, provider of manufacturing ERP solution, has introduced recently an offering that enables organizations to test the security of software applications. AppSEC on Demand is hosted in a secure environment that meets both U.S. federal and commercial regulatory requirements.

    “The new CSC application security testing-on-demand offering allows organizations to test the secure status of their software without incurring extra technology and infrastructure overheads.”

While organizations have focused traditionally on cyber network and perimeter defenses, businesses and governments are highly vulnerable at the application layer, where personal information, financial records and intellectual property reside. Eighty-six percent of successful cyber attacks penetrate the application layer rather than infrastructure, as demonstrated in 7Safe’s “Analysis of Data Compromise Cases 2010.” However, less than one percent of cybersecurity expenditures have been applied to securing applications, according to “The 2013 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study.”

As a result of growing concerns, government and industry security standards, including PCI, HIPAA and FISMA, have all recently tightened their requirements for securing applications. The National Defense Authorization Act, for example, requires the use of automated static vulnerability analysis tools during software code development.

CSC’s next-generation offering for application security combines proven software, certified experts and rigorous processes to minimize risk for organizations by offering the capability to perform security testing on all applications for every release, from every source and on every platform. CSC conducts the tests on the application code, verifies the results and presents a detailed report of vulnerability findings to its clients with recommendations on what can be fixed with procedural changes and what can be fixed with code changes. Tests include static analysis of applications in non-run-time environments, dynamic assessments on live applications, and security assessments on mobile applications.

“Adversaries never sleep, and with AppSEC on Demand, we continually monitor around-the-clock our clients’ application performance and then deliver insights to decision-makers for cost-effective hardening of their code,” said Samuel Visner, CSC’s vice president and general manager for cybersecurity. “Moreover, for our public sector customers, we run AppSEC in secured data centers and securely interface with government networks, providing the ability to service sensitive environments.”

"Vulnerabilities in corporate software have existed for as long as developers have been writing code. Exploitation by hackers and malware writers came along later, but from a code protection standpoint only limited progress has been made towards improving the security situation,” noted Andrew Kellett, an Ovum principal analyst. “The new CSC application security testing-on-demand offering allows organizations to test the secure status of their software without incurring extra technology and infrastructure overheads."