Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Application Security, 2020

Published: 27 July 2020

ID: G00448216

Analyst(s): Mark Horvath


Today’s pace of application development is continuously accelerating, giving way to complex, interconnected software systems. Security and risk management leaders need to adopt innovations in the application security space to handle the growing complexity.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • API Security Testing and Discovery
    • Chaos Engineering
    • DevOps Test Data Management
    • Securing Development Environments
  • At the Peak
    • Application Monitoring and Protection
    • Service Mesh
    • Application Security Orchestration and Correlation
    • Product Analytics
    • Serverless Function Security
    • API Threat Protection
    • Application Security Requirements and Threat Management
    • Crowdsourced Software Security Testing Platforms
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • In-App Protection
    • Privacy by Design
    • Mobile Threat Defense
    • Container and Kubernetes Security
    • Business-Critical Application Security
    • Bot Management
    • Runtime Application Self-Protection
    • Interactive Application Security Testing
  • Climbing the Slope
    • DevSecOps
    • Full Life Cycle API Management
    • Cloud Access Security Brokers
    • Web Application Firewalls
    • Cloud Application Discovery
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Software Composition Analysis
    • Application Security Testing Suite
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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