One of the significant highlights was our presence at Black Hat with Backslash Security. Situated on the expo floor, our booth became a magnet for numerous professionals searching for robust application security solutions. Throughout the event, the interactions and conversations that unfolded at our stall were nothing short of enlightening.
These insights provided a rich prelude to the burgeoning concept of Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) – a solution that promises to address many of the concerns voiced during these interactions.
The traditional viewpoint on applications is akin to viewing a jigsaw puzzle by its individual pieces. But ASPM, emerging as a potent force from our conversations at the Black Hat and Defcon events, demands we see the entire picture – each piece interlocking seamlessly with the next.
Applications aren’t mere isolated entities of code. Like a modern city, they're an intricate network, where traditional code-based infrastructure intersects with cloud components. A developer I spoke with illustrated it vividly: “In the past, we'd view the code as the city's buildings and the cloud components as its roads. ASPM merges these views, understanding that a city's function is the interplay between its structures and pathways.”
To dissect applications and cloud components separately is to compromise the integrity of security analytics. Tools operating in silos, not sharing insights across these domains, are like doctors who treat symptoms in isolation, ignoring a patient’s holistic health.
While ASPM’s philosophy reshapes our understanding of applications, its practical realization hinges on technology. And here, the mandate isn’t a superficial facelift. ASPM requires tools designed from the ground up to untangle the web of interactions between code and cloud.
Traditional tools, as several participants noted, often repackage existing findings in eye-catching visualizations. In contrast, Backslash’s ASPM-powered backbone dives deeper, identifying and analyzing the complex interrelationships that older tools gloss over. One CISO put it succinctly: “It’s like moving from basic arithmetic to calculus. The depth of analysis and the challenges are on another level, and you need the right tools to navigate this terrain.”
Backslash was privileged to host the panel discussion titled "Not All Alerts Are Born Equal: Insights from AppSec Experts on Prioritizing Security Alerts" at DefCon. Esteemed panelists that included Trupti Shiralkar from Datadog, Joe Christian from Paylocity, and Kiran Shirali from eBay shared their knowledge on managing security alerts.
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The Black Hat and Defcon experiences have been immensely enriching. From our booth interactions that spotlighted genuine industry challenges to the promising solutions offered by paradigms like ASPM, the future of application security seems poised for innovation and growth. Filled with anticipation and new learnings, I eagerly await next year's edition, looking forward to delving deeper into the evolving world of application security.