The headquarters of Adobe Systems in downtown San Jose, California. (Coolcaesar/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)

Scaling application security takes some hard work – but it can also present just as big an opportunity. Once a company gets it right, a strong AppSec program can drive the security vision of the organization. But like any group, an AppSec team takes time to mature and it’s often only then that the team starts to get a sense of the essentials.

When building an AppSec program, the security team needs to dig into the organization’s application architectures and business priorities to better understand the portfolio. This will help the team improve prioritization based on risk profiles and start to determine where there are potential gaps that need to catch up with industry standards. It also helps build credibility with the product team when the security team takes the time to understand their product or service, as opposed to just throwing tools over the wall with no explanation.

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