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Unmasking the Dark Side of Low-Code/No-Code Applications

Unmasking the Dark Side of Low-Code/No-Code Applications

Dec 18, 2023 Technology / Application Security
Low-code/no-code (LCNC) and robotic process automation (RPA) have gained immense popularity, but how secure are they? Is your security team paying enough attention in an era of rapid digital transformation, where business users are empowered to create applications swiftly using platforms like Microsoft PowerApps, UiPath, ServiceNow, Mendix, and OutSystems? The simple truth is often swept under the rug. While low-code/no-code (LCNC) apps and robotic process automations (RPA) drive efficiency and agility, their dark security side demands scrutiny. LCNC application security emerges as a relatively new frontier, and even seasoned security practitioners and security teams grapple with the dynamic nature and sheer volume of citizen-developed applications. The accelerated pace of LCNC development poses a unique challenge for security professionals, underscoring the need for dedicated efforts and solutions to effectively address the security nuances of low-code development environments. Dig
Zero-Day Attacks Exploited Critical Vulnerability in Citrix ADC and Gateway

Zero-Day Attacks Exploited Critical Vulnerability in Citrix ADC and Gateway

Jul 19, 2023 Vulnerability / Cyber Threat
Citrix is  alerting  users of a critical security flaw in NetScaler Application Delivery Controller (ADC) and Gateway that it said is being actively exploited in the wild. Tracked as  CVE-2023-3519  (CVSS score: 9.8), the issue relates to a case of  code injection  that could result in unauthenticated remote code execution. It impacts the following versions - NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Gateway 13.1 before 13.1-49.13 NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Gateway 13.0 before 13.0-91.13 NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Gateway version 12.1 (currently end-of-life) NetScaler ADC 13.1-FIPS before 13.1-37.159 NetScaler ADC 12.1-FIPS before 12.1-55.297, and NetScaler ADC 12.1-NDcPP before 12.1-55.297 The company did not give further details on the flaw tied to CVE-2023-3519 other than to say that exploits for the flaw have been observed on "unmitigated appliances." However, successful exploitation requires the device to be configured as a Gateway (VPN virtual server, ICA Proxy, CVPN, RD
6 Ways to Simplify SaaS Identity Governance

6 Ways to Simplify SaaS Identity Governance

Feb 21, 2024SaaS Security / Identity Management
With SaaS applications now making up the vast majority of technology used by employees in most organizations, tasks related to identity governance need to happen across a myriad of individual SaaS apps. This presents a huge challenge for centralized IT teams who are ultimately held responsible for managing and securing app access, but can't possibly become experts in the nuances of the native security settings and access controls for hundreds (or thousands) of apps. And, even if they could, the sheer volume of tasks would easily bury them. Modern IT teams need a way to orchestrate and govern SaaS identity governance by engaging the application owners in the business who are most familiar with how the tool is used, and who needs what type of access.  Nudge Security is a  SaaS security and governance solution  that can help you do just that, with automated workflows to save time and make the process manageable at scale. Read on to learn how it works. 1 . Discover all SaaS apps used b
Over Half of Security Leaders Lack Confidence in Protecting App Secrets, Study Reveals

Over Half of Security Leaders Lack Confidence in Protecting App Secrets, Study Reveals

Jun 13, 2023 AppSec / Secrets Management
It might come as a surprise, but secrets management has become the elephant in the AppSec room. While security vulnerabilities like Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) often make headlines in the cybersecurity world, secrets management remains an overlooked issue that can have immediate and impactful consequences for corporate safety.  A recent study by GitGuardian found that 75% of IT decision-makers in the US and the UK reported at least one secret leaked from an application, with 60% causing issues for the company or employees. Shockingly, less than half of respondents (48%) were confident in their ability to protect application secrets "to a great extent." The study, named  Voice of Practitioners: The State of Secrets in AppSec  (available for free download  here ), provides a fresh perspective on managing secrets, which is often reduced to clich├ęs that do not reflect the operational reality in engineering departments.  Despite their ubiquity in modern cloud a
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NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Your Go-To Cybersecurity Standard is Changing

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Find everything you need to know to prepare for NIST CSF 2.0's impending release in this guide.
What to Look for When Selecting a Static Application Security Testing (SAST) Solution

What to Look for When Selecting a Static Application Security Testing (SAST) Solution

May 24, 2023 AppSec / DevSecOps
If you're involved in securing the applications your organization develops, there is no question that Static Application Security Testing (SAST) solutions are an important part of a comprehensive application security strategy. SAST secures software, supports business more securely, cuts down on costs, reduces risk, and speeds time to development, delivery, and deployment of mission-critical applications.  SAST scans code early during development, so your AppSec team won't be scrambling to fix unexpected vulnerabilities right before that big launch is planned. You'll avoid surprises and launch delays without inadvertently releasing risky software to customers — or into production.  But if you consider SAST as a part of a larger AppSec platform, crucial for those who wish to  shift security everywhere  possible in the software development life cycle (SDLC), some SAST solutions outshine others.  Knowing what to focus on With a plethora of players in the market, sometimes
The Rising Threat of Secrets Sprawl and the Need for Action

The Rising Threat of Secrets Sprawl and the Need for Action

May 23, 2023 Application Security
The most precious asset in today's information age is the secret safeguarded under lock and key. Regrettably, maintaining secrets has become increasingly challenging, as highlighted by the  2023 State of Secrets Sprawl  report, the largest analysis of public GitHub activity.  The report shows a  67% year-over-year increase  in the number of secrets found, with 10 million hard-coded secrets detected in 2022 alone. This alarming surge in secrets sprawl highlights  the need for action  and underscores the importance of secure software development. Secrets sprawl refers to secrets appearing in plaintext in various sources, such as source code, build scripts, infrastructure as code, logs, etc. While secrets like API tokens and private keys securely connect the components of the modern software supply chain, their widespread distribution among developers, machines, applications, and infrastructure systems heightens the likelihood of leaks. Cybersecurity Incidents Highlight the Danger
Product Security: Harnessing the Collective Experience and Collaborative Tools in DevSecOps

Product Security: Harnessing the Collective Experience and Collaborative Tools in DevSecOps

May 09, 2023 DevSecOps / Application Security
In the fast-paced cybersecurity landscape, product security takes center stage. DevSecOps swoops in, seamlessly merging security practices into DevOps, empowering teams to tackle challenges. Let's dive into DevSecOps and explore how collaboration can give your team the edge to fight cyber villains. Application security and product security Regrettably, application security teams often intervene late in the development process. They maintain the security level of exposed software, ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of consumed or produced data. They focus on securing data flows, isolating environments with firewalls, and implementing strong user authentication and access control. Product security teams aim to guarantee the intrinsic reliability of applications. They recommend tools and resources, making them available to developers and operations. In the DevSecOps approach, each team is responsible for the security of the applications they create. These teams apply secur
Top 10 Cybersecurity Trends for 2023: From Zero Trust to Cyber Insurance

Top 10 Cybersecurity Trends for 2023: From Zero Trust to Cyber Insurance

Apr 10, 2023 Cybersecurity / Cyber Threats
As technology advances, cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated. With the increasing use of technology in our daily lives, cybercrime is on the rise, as evidenced by the fact that cyberattacks caused  92% of all data breaches  in the first quarter of 2022. Staying current with cybersecurity trends and laws is crucial to combat these threats, which can significantly impact business development.  In 2023, the cybersecurity market is expected to see new trends, and businesses must be adequately prepared for any developments. Andrey Slastenov, Head of Web Security at Gcore, shares his insights on these trends in this article. 1 —  Application security As businesses shifted online to stay afloat during the pandemic, the forecast for application security spending is projected to surpass $7.5 billion, according to  Statista . Source However, every application might be susceptible to hacking, zero-day attacks, and identity theft. Ensuring application security demands professionals w
Hackers Can Use 'App Mode' in Chromium Browsers' for Stealth Phishing Attacks

Hackers Can Use 'App Mode' in Chromium Browsers' for Stealth Phishing Attacks

Oct 07, 2022
In what's a new phishing technique, it has been demonstrated that the Application Mode feature in Chromium-based web browsers can be abused to create "realistic desktop phishing applications." Application Mode is designed to offer native-like experiences in a manner that causes the website to be launched in a separate browser window, while also displaying the website's favicon and hiding the address bar. According to security researcher mr.d0x – who also devised the browser-in-the-browser ( BitB ) attack method earlier this year – a bad actor can leverage this behavior to resort to some HTML/CSS trickery and display a fake address bar on top of the window and fool users into giving up their credentials on rogue login forms. "Although this technique is meant more towards internal phishing, you can technically still use it in an external phishing scenario," mr.d0x  said . "You can deliver these fake applications independently as files." This is
Taking the Risk-Based Approach to Vulnerability Patching

Taking the Risk-Based Approach to Vulnerability Patching

Jul 27, 2022
Software vulnerabilities are a major threat to organizations today. The cost of these threats is significant, both financially and in terms of reputation. Vulnerability management and patching can easily get out of hand when the number of vulnerabilities in your organization is in the hundreds of thousands of vulnerabilities and tracked in inefficient ways, such as using Excel spreadsheets or multiple reports, especially when many teams are involved in the organization. Even when a process for patching is in place, organizations still struggle to effectively patch vulnerabilities in their assets. This is generally because teams look at the severity of vulnerabilities and tend to apply patches to vulnerabilities in the following severity order: critical > high > medium > low > info. The following sections explain why this approach is flawed and how it can be improved. Why is Patching Difficult? While it is well known that vulnerability patching is extremely important, it
The Continuing Threat of Unpatched Security Vulnerabilities

The Continuing Threat of Unpatched Security Vulnerabilities

Mar 08, 2022
Unpatched software is a computer code containing known security weaknesses. Unpatched vulnerabilities refer to weaknesses that allow attackers to leverage a known security bug that has not been patched by running malicious code. Software vendors write additions to the codes, known as "patches," when they come to know about these application vulnerabilities to secure these weaknesses. Adversaries often probe into your software, looking for unpatched systems and attacking them directly or indirectly. It is risky to run unpatched software. This is because attackers get the time to become aware of the  software's unpatched vulnerabilities  before a patch emerges. A  report  found that unpatched vulnerabilities are the most consistent and primary ransomware attack vectors. It was recorded that in 2021,  65  new vulnerabilities arose that were connected to ransomware. This was observed to be a twenty-nine percent growth compared to the number of vulnerabilities in 2020.  Gr
Latest Firefox 95 Includes RLBox Sandboxing to Protect Browser from Malicious Code

Latest Firefox 95 Includes RLBox Sandboxing to Protect Browser from Malicious Code

Dec 07, 2021
Mozilla is beginning to roll out Firefox 95 with a new sandboxing technology called RLBox that prevents untrusted code and other security vulnerabilities from causing "accidental defects as well as supply-chain attacks." Dubbed " RLBox " and implemented in collaboration with researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Texas, the improved protection mechanism is designed to harden the web browser against potential weaknesses in off-the-shelf libraries used to render audio, video, fonts, images, and other content. To that end, Mozilla is incorporating "fine-grained sandboxing" into five modules, including its  Graphite  font rendering engine,  Hunspell  spell checker,  Ogg  multimedia container format,  Expat  XML parser, and  Woff2  web font compression format. The framework uses  WebAssembly , an open standard that defines a portable binary-code format for executable programs that can be run on modern web browsers, to i
Our journey to API security at Raiffeisen Bank International

Our journey to API security at Raiffeisen Bank International

Nov 04, 2021
This article was written by Peter Gerdenitsch, Group CISO at Raiffeisen Bank International, and is based on a presentation given during Imvision's Executive Education Program, a series of events focused on how enterprises are taking charge of the API security lifecycle. Launching the "Security in Agile" program Headquartered in Vienna, Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) operates across 14 countries in Central and Eastern Europe with around 45,000 employees. Our focus is on providing universal banking solutions to customers, as well as developing digital banking products for the retail and corporate markets. Accordingly, RBI has a substantial R&D division, making for a very large community of IT and engineering professionals all over Europe. Back in 2019, we began shifting to a product-led agile setup for RBI, introducing various security roles contributing and collaborating to achieve our strategic goals. As part of this journey, we established the security champ
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