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Integrate security at every stage of your product development lifecycle

Building and maintaining a successful application security (AppSec) program presents significant challenges. A good AppSec program requires sound strategy and supporting processes. This ensures that software product teams practice secure coding habits and invest in both the right security tools to reduce organisational risk, and the necessary programs to measure the effectiveness of application security controls.

Kroll’s AppSec services enable faster, smarter and more sustainable business decisions. Our goal is to help companies make application security a strategic initiative that considers the current threat landscape and changes in software development and customer demand.

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Definition

What is application security?

Application security, or AppSec, is the process of strengthening computer applications against external security threats through a combination of security best practices, software, hardware and procedures. AppSec is a central consideration for every company aspiring to develop secure software.

All AppSec activities should focus on reducing the potential for malicious actors to gain unauthorised access to systems, applications or data. AppSec covers security testing and ensuring the right technical tools are in place, but also goes much further. An effective application security program should cover the processes your teams use to develop software, as well as the culture of your teams developing it. By looking at security from all these different perspectives, you can ensure that your products are truly secure.

Our Service

Why use Kroll’s application security service?

Security in software design is a critical concern for every facet of application development. Kroll works with you to create custom security automation and integration solutions for greater security of your continuous integration and continuous delivery CI/CD pipelines. We help you integrate and onboard SAST (white-box testing), software composition analysis (SCA), Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and DAST (black-box testing) into your CI/CD deployments, so you can find and address security vulnerabilities sooner.

All our application security services can be delivered as part of our Cyber Risk Retainer, along with a variety of services like penetration testing, red teaming, digital forensics and incident response. With the retainer, in addition to packaging all solutions under a flexible package, clients gain prioritised access to Kroll’s elite digital forensics and incident response team in the event of an incident.

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Services

Services included within Kroll application security

Explore our full range of AppSec services.

AppSec Tooling and Automation

Our team collaborates with you to develop customised security automation and integration solutions, enabling you to identify and address security vulnerabilities more quickly and efficiently.

Whether you’re at the pre- or the post-deployment stage, we can help you develop more secure software, more quickly and easily.

Agile pen testing

Agile pen testing is a structured approach that enables organisations to visualise and remediate any potential risks within an application throughout its deployment lifecycle.

Our agile pen testing services fit smoothly into your software development lifecycle, reducing the gap between coding and assessment so that your code never goes live with unidentified risks.

Security Champions program

A Security Champions program nurtures a healthy security culture throughout the development team and across the wider company.

At Kroll, we design and execute Security Champion programs to enable you to align your AppSec program with your company’s goals at every stage, from initial setup to recruitment and training.

Application threat modelling

Provide developers with everything they need to conduct application threat modelling, with a comprehensive suite of templates, standards, key vulnerabilities, security controls and process documentation.

This ensures that development teams can rely on comprehensive vulnerability coverage and the peace of mind of knowing that any potential threats are mitigated.

How we help

How we help you meet your goals

  • Designing AppSec strategy and establishing governance frameworks
  • Establishing security assessment processes, procedures and guidelines
  • Measuring vulnerability management and remediation efficiency
  • Adapting the service delivery capabilities of security engineering teams
  • Improving the software development and deployment ecosystem

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is application security?

Application security is a strategic approach that empowers organisations to develop and release more secure and trustworthy software. An effective application security program ensures that security is central to a company’s culture, processes and technologies. By putting security at the centre of the application lifecycle, potential issues are identified and mitigated more quickly.

Why should my company invest in an application security program?

Vendors are under increasing pressure to prove to their customers that their products are truly secure. Being able to document and showcase the security of an application not only increases customer trust but can also provide an added competitive advantage in a crowded marketplace.

Why should application security be a priority for organisations?

As technology evolves, so do attackers. They increasingly recognise that focusing on their target’s vendors rather than just on individual targets can be much more lucrative. Add to this the growth of regulations around supply chain security and clients are increasingly focused on their vendors’ information security programs. Vendors must be ready to respond proactively to these concerns.

What types of challenges can organisations experience with establishing and maintaining an application security program?

A key challenge for application security programs is resourcing. This is because executing an AppSec security strategy demands a broad range of skills. It can also be a challenge to maintain a security program because threat types and attack methods and tools evolve constantly. An effective security program has to be able to adapt, backed by a continuous approach to assessing its effectiveness. Our commitment to research and development and our industry-leading expertise help companies to address any of the obstacles that can occur in the process of setting up or maintaining an application security program.

What are the key aspects of an effective application security program?

A good AppSec program demands both a robust core strategy and strong supporting processes. It should address any security issues in the application development and design process, as well as the systems and approaches that will protect apps once they are deployed. Beyond the immediate software considerations, an effective application security program should also include the processes used to develop it and the culture of the team creating it.

What type of security vulnerabilities does AppSec address?

An effective AppSec program can help to address and mitigate the wide range of software vulnerabilities outlined in the OWASP Top 10, including broken access controls, insecure design, security misconfigurations, and software and data integrity failures.

Why Kroll?

Why choose Kroll?

  • >100,000 security assessment hours per year
  • 100+ security certifications across cyber team
  • >3,000 incident response investigations annually
  • Proprietary testing, forensics and assessment tooling
  • Extensive law enforcement and intelligence experience
  • Dedicated cyber insurance relationships

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