Testing application source code early in development, but also testing current, running apps, and web apps is a vital part of identifying security vulnerabilities. Static Application Security Testing (SAST) can identify vulnerabilities in the application source code early in the software development stages, while Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) identifies security vulnerabilities in a running application.
In addition, Interactive Application Security Testing (IAST) has been introduced to handle and test the frameworks found in modern web and mobile apps, where SAST may have a difficult time. Organizations need to be aware of the apps running on systems and the vulnerabilities those apps may introduce in order to prepare and minimize potential damage.
Installing Run-time Application Security Protection (RASP) may be beneficial to certain organizations’ app security as it works inside the application, protecting the app and its data. RASP allows an app to run security checks continuously and respond to live attacks by terminating the bad actor’s session and alerting the InfoSec team of the attack.