A Closer Look at Emerging Application Security Drift in 2023

A Closer Look at Emerging Application Security Drifts in 2023

Application security is a priority investment for businesses today, and staying aware of the emerging security trends in 2023 will help them to work diligently on improving applications.

An essential element of securing an enterprise is awareness of emerging security trends. One of the emerging security threat areas is application development.

DevOps practices and open-source codes have boosted the rapidity at which applications are being developed, maintained, and delivered. However, the security concerns remain severe. The emerging application security drifts in 2023 can guide developers and companies to prioritize applications having the best security measures.

Application Security is One of the Top Security Priorities

Application security is one of the top security priorities for businesses in 2023. A report Application Security Market by Mordor Intelligence has mentioned that the market expects to register its growth journey at a CAGR of 16.4%. In addition, reports from Research Drive in Application Security Market: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020–2027, mention that the global application security market should garner  USD 9779.8 million by 2027, showing a rapid increase in the importance of AppSec for organizations.

According to Enso Security Research in Special Report: AppSec Trends 2023, around 70% of organizations have realized that application security is now one of their top three priorities for 2023. At the same time, almost 90% of them plan to improve their organization’s application security in the coming year. And 68% of them stated that application security would be a top three security priority.

Application security has become necessary as companies look ahead to develop in-house business apps and incorporate open-source code into their applications. With this, the vulnerabilities and risks associated with these application development aims have risen exponentially

Trend 1: AppSec and CloudSec Will Come Together

Cloud security protects cloud-based infrastructure, including applications, networks, and data. These security measures ensure device authentication, data privacy protection, and data and resource access control. As application data is stored in the cloud environment, AppSec and CloudSec will provide independent security functions ahead for the advanced security of applications.

However, to properly determine the attack surface, security teams must examine both application code vulnerabilities and misconfigurations of the cloud service. By integrating AppSec and CloudSec, organizations can benefit from better security solutions.

Security teams can identify critical business vulnerabilities by understanding the attack surface cohesively by looking at how the application code networks with the cloud service provider, thus allowing for quick action.

Trend 2: Security for Infrastructure as Code (IaC) will Continue to Grow

IaC technology is deployed for rapid app development and cloud deployments. Poor security decisions when implementing IaC may result in the rapid deployment of an uncertain environment causing app compliance violations and software breaches.

That alerts security teams to integrate static and dynamic testing into the CI/CD pipeline, providing organizations with a complete insight into application risks and boosting security measures. However, it is essential to set up a strong security mesh for the possible rising risks to keep developers on a secure path when using the technology.

Trend 3: Growing Adoption of Security Tools in CI/CD

Advanced AppSec tools are built with CI/CD integration. These modern tools allow security teams to scan activities to shift left in the development of applications. With this adoption, software development platforms like Github and Gitlab provide security capabilities. These advancements are helping application security solutions to play a more vital role in the developer tooling ecosystem.

Application security solutions have an emerging opportunity to make security a core part of automated application development frameworks. The first step toward it is to automate the security testing process as a part of CI/CD pipelines.

Trend 4: SAST and DAST will be Integrated

The advancing application security landscape will witness a rising integration of Static Application Security Testing (SAST) and Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST). As DAST is applied during the production phase of application development, security solutions are embedded from this stage, thus making apps more secure.

Testing in the production phase means that it will identify vulnerabilities at the early stage. Running IAST (interactive application security testing) in security measures will also help developers implement strong solutions for application security.

Based on this, several vendors are moving toward IAST, allowing teams to look at static and runtime vulnerabilities much earlier in the app development lifecycle.

Trend 5: Adoption of Automated AI Security Capabilities

The increasing volume and complexities of application security threats stand as significant challenges for organizations, resulting in an inability of their threat detection and response capabilities. This may result in higher costs, slow response time, and a greater impact on security incidents.

That is why several companies now turn towards security automation as a potential solution for these issues. AI is vital in automating security solutions by gathering data against threats and managing threats through faster incident response processes.

Companies can optimize IA securities and resources and allow security teams to focus on high-value activities that maximize the organization’s benefit.

Also Read: Enhancing Remote Network Security: Alternatives to Traditional VPNs

Application Security Solution Budgets to Increase in 2023

The Forrester 2023 Security Budgets And Priorities Benchmarks Global report mentions that 58% of global security decision-makers intended to increase their application security budgets in 2022. The findings indicate that application security trends may continue into 2023, where 69% of organizations mentioned that they plan to increase their AppSec budget in the coming months.

Application Security is essential for businesses now as attack surfaces and increased threats are constantly growing. Organizations must know the trends and adopt best practices to ensure that application security solutions are workable.

Also, they must invest wisely by understanding what security is required for applications that will mitigate subsequent data breaches.

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