How to improve application and data integrity

Monitoring application security like application performance

Improving application and data integrity are high on the priority-list of every organization. Most organizations already made significant investments in incident response processes and accompanied monitoring systems:

  • Web application and other type of firewalls to assure only trusted application traffic is passing.
  • SIEM systems such as Splunk or Elasticsearch combined with Logstash and Kibana to monitor the content of log files.
  • Intrusion Detection System (i.e. an IDS) to detect suspicious behavior of application traffic once beyond the firewall.
  • Intrusion Prevention System (i.e. an IPS) to detect and (optionally) clean-up suspicious application traffic once beyond the firewall and before it is forwarded to its final destination.

But what about the security of the application code? Why not test and monitor the security aspects of your application in parallel and in the same way as the performance aspects? With the additional benefit of protecting the integrity of the application code and your data at runtime?

This is the sweet sport of Contrast Assess and Contrast Protect!

Assess and protect application code and its data

Contrast Assess runs in parallel of performance testing while assessing the application code for vulnerabilities. If detected, development teams are alerted instantly so they can fix code without disrupting software development (i.e. delaying the release schedule).

Contrast Protect identifies and blocks attacks based on (but not limited to!) command injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), hard-coded passwords, insecure encryption algorithms and NoSQL/SQL injection.

Validate the end-node protection level

Once the forensic analyses confirm a potential security breach it is time to double-check the software versions on the end-nodes. This includes anti-virus, firewall, the OS and application.

This is where Aternity kicks-in. It allows you to do a quick cross-check on the software versions as actually running on the end-nodes and how they are connected to the network.

In addition, if not as expected it can create ticket(s) to support the IT-Ops organization with updating all relevant end-nodes and software in a timely manner.

Business process and application monitoring

How this helps you and your organization

By automating data collection and speeding up analysis, you and your organization are far better positioned for meeting the compliance ruling of reporting a security breach within 2 days. Even better: you can already start with corrective actions well within these 2 days!

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