Gartner Research

Application Security Testing: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

Published: 02 March 2007

ID: G00146476

Analyst(s): Joseph Feiman


This Research Note reviews strengths and weaknesses of application security testing technologies; threats to the existing vendors; and opportunities to evolve application security testing into a comprehensive technology-supported practice that spans the entire software life cycle.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Strengths
    • Good-Enough Security Testing Technologies
    • Integration With SLC Platforms
    • Reporting and Analysis
  • Threats
    • Smaller Security Testing Vendors Get Acquired by Large SLC Vendors or Pushed Into a Niche
    • Open-Source Technologies
  • Weaknesses
    • Users Are Less Mature Than Technology
    • Confusing Network Security Discipline With Application Security
    • Developers Are Reluctant to Accept Application Security as Their Responsibility
    • Lack of AD Security Skills, Curricula, Training and Methodologies
  • Opportunities
    • Security Evolution Toward Security 3.0
    • Security Solutions Span Over the Entire SLC
    • Growing Accuracy of Vulnerability Detection
    • Security Testing as a Service

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