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Software Development & Delivery Security Glossary

What is ASOC

What is ASOC? #

Automated Security Orchestration and Correlation (ASOC) represents a significant advancement in integrating cybersecurity measures into the software development process. ASOC automates the detection, prioritization, and remediation of security vulnerabilities, enhancing an organization’s ability to safeguard its software by streamlining and operationalizing security efforts.

Why is ASOC Important? #

ASOC offers a comprehensive approach to managing application security. As applications grow in complexity and scale, integrated security solutions become essential. ASOC helps organizations automate the integration of multiple security tools, correlate various security findings, and streamline the remediation process, leading to improved efficiency, better risk management, and a more robust security posture.

Types of ASOC:

  • Static ASOC: Integrates and manages static application security testing (SAST) tools and findings.
  • Dynamic ASOC: Utilizes dynamic application security testing (DAST) tools and correlates their results with other security findings.
  • Hybrid ASOC: Combines both static and dynamic approaches to provide a comprehensive view of application security.

Background and Emergence of ASOC: #

ASOC emerged to address the increasing complexity of application security. As organizations adopted more security tools and practices, they faced several challenges:

  • Tool Overload: Security teams used multiple, disparate security tools (SAST, DAST, IAST, RASP, etc.), each generating its own set of alerts and reports. Managing these tools and their outputs became overwhelming.
  • Siloed Operations: Lack of integration between different security tools resulted in fragmented security operations, making it difficult to get a comprehensive view of an application’s security status.
  • Manual Effort: Security teams had to manually correlate findings from different tools, which was time-consuming and prone to errors.

Key Benefits of ASOC: #

  • Improved Efficiency: ASOC automates the orchestration of security tools, reducing manual effort and speeding up security testing and remediation.
  • Enhanced Visibility: By correlating findings from multiple sources, ASOC provides a unified view of application security, making it easier to identify and prioritize vulnerabilities.
  • Better Risk Management: ASOC helps organizations understand and manage their security risks more effectively by providing detailed insights and actionable recommendations.

Challenges of ASOC: #

  • Maintaining Efficient Pipelines: Keeping ASOC pipelines up-to-date, secure, and scalable to meet growing security needs requires ongoing management.
  • Security Expertise: Implementing and managing ASOC effectively often requires skilled security professionals.
  • Integration Complexity: Integrating diverse security tools into a single platform can be complex.

Application Security Posture Management (ASPM): The New Trend #

While ASOC addresses the integration and orchestration of security tools, the industry recognized the need for a more holistic approach to application security. This led to the development of Application Security Posture Management (ASPM). ASPM extends beyond the capabilities of ASOC by providing continuous, comprehensive security management across the entire application lifecycle.

Why ASPM Gained Popularity:

  • Continuous Security: ASPM emphasizes continuous monitoring and assessment of application security, rather than periodic checks.
  • Holistic Approach: ASPM provides a broader view of security, incorporating policy enforcement, risk management, and compliance.
  • Proactive Posture: ASPM is designed to be proactive, identifying and mitigating risks before they can be exploited.

For more insights into ASPM and how it can further enhance your security strategy, visit our detailed guide on Application Security Posture Management (ASPM). Learn how ASPM can transform your approach to application security and keep your systems safe from evolving threats.

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