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OWASP Compliance

OWASP compliance is critical to maintaining secure software in today’s digital landscape. Last updated in 2021, the OWASP Top 10 list now has more curated categories covering many different kinds of security vulnerabilities for all kinds of code and web applications.

What Is OWASP?

The nonprofit group Open Web Application Security Project® (OWASP) seeks to enhance software security. Development teams around the world and across industries turn to the OWASP Foundation for tools, resources, and training to protect their web applications from cyberattacks. Projects with community-driven initiatives are open for anybody to join.

What Is the OWASP Top 10 2021?

Periodically, OWASP releases a list of the most pressing problems for the development community at large. These issues affect the overall security of projects, and the list illuminates the biggest threats.

The 2021 OWASP Top 10 introduces some new issues while reframing previous entries as part of their new categories. Based on a variety of sources including developer feedback, security vendor counsel, bug bounties, and community input, OWASP created its latest Top 10 list, with #1 being the most frequent and threatening issue. Ranked based on severity and frequency, each item represents multiple common weakness enumerations (CWEs).

The OWASP Top 10 helps teams focus on the most critical and likely problems before moving on to other issues.

All of these potential vulnerabilities pose significant threats to any development team but keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list of everything that can go wrong during development. While the Top 10 isn’t a comprehensive strategy or the only method for identifying vulnerabilities, it is an excellent way to get started.

The best way to use the Top 10 is to educate your developers so they build secure code. Additionally, use it for validation testing to verify that developers truly wrote secure code and catch when they didn’t.

With the development of APIs on the rise, OWASP also has a dedicated project focused solely on API security and its top ten concerning vulnerabilities. The OWASP API Security Top 10 was introduced in 2019.

Enforcing OWASP Compliance With Static Analysis

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Parasoft’s static analysis solutions provide more support for OWASP than any other code analysis tool. This helps software teams achieve DevSecOps by enforcing security from the very start of development.

Get Real-Time Feedback

Parasoft provides unique real-time feedback that gives users a continuous view of compliance with OWASP. Our interactive compliance source includes dashboards, widgets, and reports, which include exploitability, the prevalence in the field, detectability, and the impact of failure with AI-enhanced automation to help users prioritize and minimize manual triage.

How Parasoft Helps Achieve OWASP Compliance

Parasoft’s comprehensive support for OWASP helps users achieve DevSecOps by enforcing security-oriented development practices from the start of project development. With the Parasoft solution, you get:

  • Out-of-the-box policy/test configurations that are fully configurable.
  • Standards-native reporting based on OWASP or CWE ID numbers.
  • Execution from within the IDE and via the CI/CD process to help quickly locate the vulnerability earlier in the SDLC.
  • Remediation support to better identify and eliminate threat vectors.
  • Guidance on how to fix vulnerabilities with supported documentation and training content.
  • Interactive reports and customizable dashboards that provide different views into the compliance status results using wording and categorizations defined by the standard to make it easy to understand project status, outstanding security issues, trends over time, and more.
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