Managing Application Vulnerabilities (an early peek into improved controls for your code and data)


Published on October 4, 2016 by Sebastian Holst

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I’m working on an application risk management study/survey focusing on the importance of one vulnerability exploit in particular: debugger hacks against production apps. Our initial data set already includes responses from 100+ developers targeting cloud, mobile and desktop platforms from 15+ countries.

A Clear Material Application Risk for a Majority of Development Teams

58% report ongoing, sustained risk management development investments dedicated to mitigate the following material risks:

  • Financial theft
  • Intellectual property theft through application use
  • Intellectual property theft through application tampering and reverse engineering
  • Operational disruption
  • Regulatory and other compliance obligations
  • Unauthorized access to user and business data

Within the development teams that have taken affirmative action to mitigate these risks, 64% have identified unauthorized use of a debugger in production as a material vulnerability.

If you’re interested in getting the final numbers (and a deeper dive into both the risks and controls to effectively mitigate these risks), I expect to be publishing results in the next 1-2 weeks HERE (there’s already a link to a related white paper on this page for download too).