Gartner Research

How to Perform Application Security Testing for Web and Mobile Applications

Published: 30 January 2015

ID: G00269680

Analyst(s): Ben Tomhave , Ramon Krikken

Summary

Application security testing remains a critical application security practice for developers, testers and security team members. This document explains how to implement three phases of AST throughout the software life cycle.

Table Of Contents

Comparison

Analysis

  • Creating Comprehensive AST Capabilities
    • Application Security Vulnerabilities by the Numbers
    • AST Methods
    • AST Tools and Services
  • Implementing the Three Phases of AST
    • AST During Development and Testing
    • AST as Prerelease Testing
    • AST in Production Environments
  • Adapting AST to Specific IT Scenarios
    • AST for Legacy Applications
    • AST for Outsourced Development and Off-the-Shelf Applications and Components
    • AST for Modern Web Applications and Mobile Apps and Their APIs
    • AST for the IoT and Operational Technology Architecture
  • Integrating AST With Remediation

Guidance

  • Test in Depth All Critical and Exposed Applications — Regardless of Pedigree — at Least Once
  • Implement a Three-Phased AST Approach to Balance Security and Cost
  • Operationalize AST by Integrating With Security, Development and Operations Practices

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