Why routine vulnerability scanning is a necessity
Many organizations have realized the need to scan their web applications for vulnerabilities but not all have implemented a holistic and integrated application security program. Some still depend on sporadic security scans, hoping that these will be sufficient to secure their applications. While such testing can certainly help to find and close some of the gaps that attackers can exploit, it is not a long-term solution. To go from reactive to proactive web application security, routine vulnerability scanning is a must to give an up-to-date picture of your web security posture and deliver the data that you need to decide what to remediate and when.
The benefits of automating web application security
With systematic vulnerability scanning in place, you will be faced with a list of vulnerabilities found by the scanner(s) in your application environments. In an enterprise setting with hundreds of websites and applications, this list could easily run to thousands of issues – so what do you do next?
Let’s start with the unpleasant truth that unless your scanner has accurate automatic confirmation capabilities (such as Netsparker’s Proof Based Scanning), your list of vulnerabilities is likely to contain false positives. In that case, manual verification would need to be step one. After weeding out the false positives, you need to triage, assign, and fix the identified vulnerabilities. When a fix is ready, you need to retest it to make sure that it works and has remediated the vulnerability. Without the right tools and automation, all these steps are error-prone and time-consuming even on a smaller scale. At an enterprise level, doing it all manually may simply be impossible.
Advanced automated security solutions like Netsparker help you effectively deal with vulnerabilities by accurately automating everything than can be automated. With a wide array of integrations, Netsparker can deliver accurate scan results directly into the collaboration and management tools that your teams already use. This includes two-way issue tracker integrations to automatically trigger rescans for submitted fixes.
Managing vulnerabilities centrally
While Netsparker has its own easy-to-use vulnerability management dashboard, you may want to combine its scan results with data from other security solutions. This is especially common in large organizations that aggregate multiple sources of vulnerability intelligence in a centralized management platform. To support this usage, Netsparker provides out-of-the-box integrations with several vulnerability management tools, including ServiceNow Vulnerability Response, Kenna, and DefectDojo.
Developed by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), DefectDojo is an open-source application security vulnerability management tool that streamlines the application security testing process. DefectDojo helps you merge similar findings into one result to deal with it effectively. Apart from improving vulnerability remediation, it also offers features such as report generation and security metrics.
Integrating Netsparker with DefectDojo
To benefit from these capabilities, you can easily integrate Netsparker with DefectDojo. To set up the integration, simply enter the required information in the Server URL, Access Token, and Engagement ID fields in Netsparker. You can then test the integration between Netsparker and DefectDojo to ensure that vulnerabilities are correctly exported to DefectDojo.
To automate the vulnerability remediation process, you also need to create a notification in Netsparker for the Scan Completed event and select DefectDojo as its endpoint. Netsparker will then automatically export all the vulnerabilities it identifies to DefectDojo. See this step-by-step guide for detailed information on integrating Netsparker with DefectDojo.
Whatever your workflow, start with reliable data
Netsparker offers dozens of out-of-the-box integrations, including DefectDojo, to help you automate the vulnerability remediation process. But whatever your specific workflows and requirements, you need to start by ensuring that you are only automating reliable results and not feeding false positives into your pipeline. That way, you can start fixing real vulnerabilities without wasting valuable time on manual verification or chasing false alarms. Especially at an enterprise level, accurate automation is the only approach to securing ever-growing application environments. Netsparker, with its Proof-Based Scanning technology backed by decades of security research, delivers reliable data for vulnerability management and remediation.
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