Chief of Security Strategy - SentinelOne
Founder - WhiteHat Security
Most security tools are created by security practitioners for security practitioners. But the data these tools generates is often given to every other team in an organization as-is, with the expectation that dev teams, sysadmins and others fully understand the ins and outs of the results. Further, much of the time, the information isn’t relevant to the various teams, causing delays in remediation efforts and a lack of prioritization for critical application flaws. When it comes to application vulnerability assessment tools, an even larger gap is created between security’s focus on risk and the development team’s efforts to create the fixes to mitigate that risk.
AsTech and Extant bridge this gap by making security speak the same language as your development team.
[ Figure 1: Security tool data and results sent to ALL teams ]
The core design goal of Extant is to get vulnerabilities fixed while making use of existing security tools and developer resources. The key is to provide developer- specific context to vulnerability findings and present it in a way that doesn’t require developers to be security experts. While many organizations do train their developers in security practices, this incredibly valuable training alone can not completely solve the problem. Extant takes security-specific vulnerability findings, adds environment-specific context and remediation steps, and delivers the relevant information to the dev team’s existing Application Lifecycle Management tool. Extant turns security information into dev speak.
Organizations are also weary of investing in more security tools only to be bereft of tangible results. Instead of asking them to learn new tools, disciplines, or workflows, Extant provides developers with solutions they can quickly and easily implement with tools they already use every day.
Application vulnerability assessment tools are not only targeted for a security audience, but the issues they find can reveal a huge amount of work for dev teams to sift through, prioritize and resolve. Providing a development team with a 10,000- page PDF detailing critical security vulnerabilities will overwhelm a developer and ensure those vulnerabilities are never addressed in source code. Some security tools support direct integration of results into defect tracking or Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions, but usually end up opening thousands of new tickets detailing each vulnerability individually. This ultimately creates noise that will be tuned out and pushed to the bottom of the priority list. Developers need an actionable volume of security work provided in an actionable form within a context that suits their framework. That’s where Extant shines.
[ Figure 2: Extant delivers security data and remediation steps directly to the correct team ]
There is no “fire and forget” solution to application security, but we can bring together your existing resources to make the problem more efficient and effective. AsTech and Extant not only automates and integrates the many tools and processes used to identify and remediate defects in your environment, but will create seamless communication between security and development, giving you faster response times to remediation efforts, more buy-in from your development teams to code securely, and greater return on the investments already made in your security tools.
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