HCL AppScan and Ponemon Institute report reveals how organizations manage threats to their insecure applications.

Businesses incurred losses that averaged $12 million as a result of attacks on their vulnerable applications.

PUBLISHED DATE: October 20, 2020


HCLSoftware and Ponemon Institute today released findings of a new report on application security in the DevOps environment. The full report can be downloaded here.

Report Overview

The consequences of attacks against unsecured applications are significant and increase the likelihood of data breaches that place customer and employee information at risk. The purpose of the Application Security in the DevOps Environment study, sponsored by the HCL AppScan team, is to better understand organizations’ ability to quickly detect, prioritize and repair vulnerabilities in their applications.ey capabilities include.

Current Landscape

According to the report, 84 percent of participants rated the threat from insecure applications as significant.

Despite survey participants rating the threat from insecure applications as significant, a full 20 percent of organizations stated that they took no steps to test for vulnerabilities in their applications. Additionally, respondents stated that on average only 33 percent of their business-critical applications were continuously tested for vulnerabilities.

“The lack of testing for critical applications is mind-boggling, especially since none of the respondents believed that their organizations could prevent more than half of the attacks against vulnerable apps when they get into production,” said Eitan Worcel, Head of HCL AppScan Product Management.

Financial Impact

As organizations struggle to address these threats, they estimated that the total economic loss they have incurred in the past 12 months as a result of attacks against their vulnerable applications averaged nearly $12 million. That’s an average of approximately $1 million per month.

Breaking the financial impact down even further, 56 percent of respondents said they experienced total economic losses that exceeded $1 million as a result of attacks against their vulnerable applications, with 3 percent reporting total economic losses that exceeded $100 million.

“Large-scale breaches aren’t surprising, considering that 40 percent of respondents estimate that it takes them more than eight months on average to identify an attack against their vulnerable applications,” said Worcel. “This also emphasizes the importance of a proactive approach such as application security testing.”

About the Report

Ponemon Institute surveyed 626 individuals that work in IT security, quality assurance or development. All respondents work in organizations that use a DevOps approach which includes application security testing. That approach encompasses multiple measures taken to improve the security of an application by finding, fixing and preventing security vulnerabilities in order to reduce overall risk.

Additional resources:

Join our Webinar on October 29th at 11 a.m. Eastern/ 8 a.m. Pacific, as Larry Ponemon and Eitan Worcel comprehensively review the report’s results

Larry Ponemon is also scheduled to appear as a guest on an upcoming “Application Paranoia” podcast episode. Visit our podcast home page for all of the latest episodes.

Click here for additional information about HCL AppScan. And, visit hcltechsw.com/DevOps for additional information about HCLSoftware’s comprehensive DevOps portfolio.

About HCLSoftware

HCLSoftware, a division of HCL Technologies (HCL) that operates its primary software business. It develops, markets, sells, and supports over 20 product families in the areas of DevSecOps, Automation, Digital Solutions, Data Management, Marketing and Commerce, and Mainframes. HCLSoftware has offices and labs around the world to serve thousands of customers. Its mission is to drive ultimate customer success with their IT investments through relentless innovation of its products.

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