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2015 Application Security Survey, Part 1: Defender Issues

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT (2015-05-13 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Eric Johnson, Will Bechtel, Robert Hansen, Brian Maccaba


  • Hewlett Packard
  • Qualys
  • Veracode
  • Waratek
  • WhiteHat Security

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In today's world where applications are distributed through cloud and mobile platforms, the risks to vulnerable applications are multiplying. Application managers are looking for ways to consolidate controls around their disparate applications and assign the proper staff, leadership and workflow processes to do this.

Based on the 2014 Application Security Programs and Practices survey, application security is on the rise, with 83% of 488 respondents reporting some sort of application security program in place (up from 66% in SANS' 2013 survey). In the 2014 survey, respondents' primary focus for their security programs was around web applications.

This year's survey intends to find out how the rise of mobility and cloud applications is changing respondents' application security program efforts and to gather best practice advice for secure management of disparate applications throughout their lifecycle.

This first session of a two-part webcast will focus on the management issues surrounding application security. Part 2, held on Thursday, May 14, will focus on issues in application development.

Attend this webcast and the Part 2 webcast to explore such issues as:

  • Responsibility for security of applications
  • Application life cycle management
  • Visibility into internal applications compared to those hosted in the cloud
  • Degree to which organizations manage mobile apps and the associated risks
  • Outsourcing of application security/management
  • Application frameworks and how security is integrated into those frameworks
  • Performance of existing appsec programs
  • Future plans

Your attendance ensures that you'll be among the first to receive the associated whitepaper written by Jim Bird with input from Frank Kim and Eric Johnson.

View the associated analyst paper here.

Speaker Bios

Eric Johnson

Eric is a Co-founder and Principal Security Engineer at Puma Security and a Senior Instructor with the SANS Institute. His experience includes cloud security assessments, cloud infrastructure automation, static source code analysis, web and mobile application penetration testing, secure development lifecycle consulting, and secure code review assessments. Eric is the lead author and an instructor for SEC540: Cloud Security and DevOps Automation, a co-author and instructor for both the brand new SEC510: Public Cloud Security: AWS, Azure, and GCP, and the upcoming SEC584: Cloud Native Security: Defending Containers & Kubernetes. Additionally, Eric is a SANS Security Awareness Developer Training Advisory Board Member and SANS Analyst for Application Security and DevSecOps Surveys. Read more about Eric here.

Will Bechtel

Will Bechtel is the director of product management for the Web Application Scanning and Malware Detection Service at Qualys. Prior to joining Qualys, Will was the application security practice lead for AT&T's Security Consulting and a senior consulting manager in the Application Security Practice for VeriSign's Global Security Consulting. Will has extensive experience working with organizations worldwide to enhance application security programs.

Robert Hansen

Robert Hansen is vice president of WhiteHat Labs at WhiteHat Security. He's the former chief executive of SecTheory and Falling Rock Networks, which focused on building a hardened OS. Robert began his career in banner click fraud detection and has provided managed security services and served as a senior global product manager of Trust and Safety. Robert has co-authored "XSS Exploits" by Syngress Publishing and wrote the eBook, "Detecting Malice." He is a member of WASC, APWG, IACSP, ISSA, APWG and has contributed to several OWASP projects, including originating the XSS Cheat Sheet. His passion is breaking web technologies to make them better.

Brian Maccaba

Brian Maccaba, Waratek CEO, brings more than 25 years’ experience to the role. Brian has founded five technology companies during his career. He is renowned for his ability to spot disruptive technologies and was one of the first CEOs to recognize the potential of the Internet for revolutionizing the financial services industry. He led his former company, Cognotec, to develop AutoDeal, a pioneering web-based foreign exchange trading platform that was adopted by more than 60 banks worldwide. London Institutional Investor magazine named Brian among the top 30 individuals in Europe and Asia who were harnessing the Internet to transform the financial services industry.

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