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Breaking New Ground: A Sneak Peek into The Backslash Security ASPM eBook

Patrick Pushor


August 27, 2023

As we increasingly become publishers of software in various forms, navigating the intricate landscape of application security has become a crucial endeavor for all organizations. The diversity and complexity of interconnected applications that we rely on today have only intensified the challenges. Traditional approaches, while essential, are often fragmented, leading to a sprawling application security landscape with a dizzying array of tools and technologies.

According to a Backslash Security survey and report, nearly half of enterprises push code into production at least once per day. With such rapid development and deployment, relying on traditional application security tools can be akin to navigating through a dense forest with only a mobile phone flashlight. The potential issues emerge in the form of numerous high-severity alerts that crop up towards the end of the software design lifecycle, often leaving teams overwhelmed and without a clear direction.  Imagine being handed a jigsaw puzzle with numerous missing pieces, then being told to interpret the full picture. That's often what it feels like for application security professionals today. Recognizing this gap, Gartner introduced the concept of Application Security Posture Management (ASPM). But what does ASPM really entail?

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Gartner's ASPM isn't just about a bird's eye view, but it's about weaving disparate threads into a coherent tapestry of application security. Think of ASPM as a conductor coordinating a vast orchestra of signals, processes, and teams to produce a harmonious security posture. It combines the granular insights from various security approaches and aligns them with business context, offering a consolidated, actionable perspective.

A noteworthy section of our eBook delves into the challenges often faced when adopting something as pioneering as ASPM. For instance, every organization has its definition of "visibility." One company might prioritize visibility into third-party integrations due to increased vendor partnerships, while another could be more focused on internal application vulnerabilities owing to a recent breach. Hence, defining and achieving visibility becomes a multi-faceted challenge.

One parallel drawn in the eBook is between the evolution of Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) and ASPM. Both herald a shift from fragmented, tool-centric approaches to holistic, posture-focused strategies. Remember the hurdles faced in the initial days of CSPM adoption? Siloed visibility, inconsistent compliance benchmarks, and manual configuration checks were rampant. But with structured guidance, organizations overcame these, and the lessons from CSPM's operationalization can be invaluable for ASPM enthusiasts.

A particular highlight from our eBook is the discussion around setting clear goals and KPIs for ASPM adoption. As you delve into the book, you’ll discover anecdotes from industry leaders who stress the importance of clear communication strategies to keep all stakeholders aligned, and the significance of defined metrics to gauge ASPM success.

As application security stands at the brink of another transformative phase, understanding and adopting ASPM becomes not just beneficial but essential. We delve deep into these concepts, backed by real-world examples and expert insights in our eBook, "Navigating The New Frontier: Gartner’s Emerging Application Security Posture Management (ASPM)." Embark on this enlightening journey with us, get your hands on the eBook here. Together, let's redefine the future of application security.