Trends disrupting the Application Security Testing Market, a couple years will see dynamic changes once it reaches the market acceptance for certain technology, and depend on the existing market player and new player entering into the market that create new waves of change, in particular the disruptive technologies that obsolete conventional or legacy practises.
Since we entered the internet era in 1990, 1995 is the year of the rise of internet security, because of the first e-commerce transaction, and the first web application security scanner or vulnerability scanner cater for the web application. Do not confuse with generic vulnerability scanners, that base do port scanning here refer to web application vulnerability scanners that deal with web application architecture. Since then, we see the first group of rising stars in the market who tap that wave to be the market leading, and that type of product and technologies now known as dynamic application security testing (DAST).
In the early days, due to most of the web application programming still in the early stages, and developer who develop web applications may not be has a solid web application security background, so did the framework is consider much more vulnerable compare with current release. As such, for those who depend on the black box testing and configure the credential scanning manage to detect lot of vulnerabilities, and it helpful for those in particular for information security personnel who may or may not even possess competency for perform web hacking, also can easy to get the web application scanning report with lot of vulnerabilities via the automated scanning with provided scanning scripts.
On this portion, after so many years of development, pure play web application security scanner dependent on the DAST is further divided into two very different segments. One focus on the enterprise who depend on the automated schedule scanning and generate the security dashboard use for the enterprise security management, and another branch into advance into web hacking, who require to use the tool that is allow complete control for the each web input and response they can explore and manipulate to bypass web developer web application mechanism, in another world, use case in the advance and complex, capable to demonstrate and show exploit and pinpoint true vulnerability security area, said the automated web scanning that depend on the scripting that miss or not able to test without the proxy and working knowledge of the web applications security. In compare, of course, it is the user and practitioner who focus on web hacking or offensive red team operation that can provide a very quality report and recommendation, since they can show you how they are compromise a typical web application and show you the actual data they breached, the attack path, which it really helpful for the cybersecurity defence consideration. Do not get me know, both type of use case and specialize tool is complement each others, depend on the use case and the user who use the tool possess the hardcore working knowledge and technical competency to use and demonstrate the value.
Beside the rising of the dynamic application security testing (DAST) technologies in the application security testing (AST) market, for the security and operations or post development for the quality security assurance (SA). Static application security testing (SAST) technologies are widely used by development teams to perform early secure code review and correction, for secure coding practises, which result in more secure and quality code that has less vulnerabilities and security bugs to be corrected in the latest stages of the development lifecycle. Which can help enterprises to save a lot of the development time, resources and money.
As the trends toward micro service and sites architecture, containers/dockers and faster turnaround time, the security function is shift left and perform in almost every stages of the software development lifecycle (SDLC), that leverage the continuous integration (CI)/continuous delivery (CD) for seamless integration and automation, which make more and more enterprise application development project is dependency for the API scanning and trigger, automation in the backend, which result in this few years the rise of Secure DevOps or more popular known as DevSecOps initiative, where more and more enterprise is moving toward that direction. As such, the Application security testing market is now under two major trend influence, either you are be the best in class in what you do and offer DevSecOps integration option, else you need to expand your competency portfolio, said from DAST to SAST, or SAST to DAST, as well as other rising domain, from software composition analysis (SCA), mobile application security testing (Mobile AST), interactive application security testing (IAST), manual application security testing (MAST).
You will not be surprised to see acquisition and merge happen here and there, because the application security testing (AST) market is under the driving force for vendors to adapt for the changing reality.
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