The integration offers transparency, risk assessment and developer-friendly guidance, provided in a single dashboard for quick detection, prioritization and remediation of vulnerabilities

LOS ALTOS, California, September 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Contrast security, a leader in application security modernization, today announced its integration with Kenna.VM to provide an unprecedented risk-based approach to application vulnerability management. The integration enables the import of custom Contrast code and open source vulnerability data into Kenna.VM. The data is then combined with real-world threat and exploit intelligence and advanced data science to determine which vulnerabilities pose the greatest risk and which can be less prioritized. Vulnerability insights based on thousands of real enterprise applications deployed in a single dashboard break down silos and bring visibility, risk assessment, and developer-friendly troubleshooting guidance to the application level.

Applications have become the new perimeter in a cloud-first environment and the key engine for growth and digital transformation in companies. However, the speed of development, the use of third-party code, and the diversity of the technology stack bring unprecedented risks. The application tier has become an increasingly attractive target for cybercriminals with high profile software supply chain attacks on SolarWinds, Microsoft Exchange, and Kaseya. Contrast’s current observability of application security for 2021 report also found that 39% of data breaches in the past year were due to an application vulnerability.

“The sheer number of digital transformation initiatives that include DevOps places unprecedented demands on application security,” said Nikesh Shah, Sr. Director, Strategic Alliances, Contrast Security. “It is the job of developers and security teams to defend their applications without these threats being visible, gaps in threat prioritization, and limited guidance on how to respond to them. By providing organizations with a unified view of application security and a way to prioritize high-risk vulnerabilities and accelerate resolution, we can help solve some of the biggest cybersecurity challenges today. “

Contrast Application Security Platform’s Context-Rich Vulnerability and Software Composition Assessment (SCA) data is now an integral part of the Kenna.VM platform, providing security and development teams with the following benefits:

  1. Prioritize high risk software vulnerabilities. Efficiently address and proactively manage the vulnerabilities that pose the greatest risk to a business. With integration, a company can quickly identify which application vulnerabilities need to be addressed first and what specific impact each action will have on a company’s risk position.

  2. Align digital transformation, DevOps, and security efforts with business goals. Provide a holistic and quantifiable overview of the risk position of a company’s digital investments. This ensures that a company’s transformation initiatives are protected, key functions are aligned, and the executive team is empowered to make data-driven investment decisions.

  3. Leverage existing security investments. Optimize a company’s existing security ecosystem by using security data from its business-critical applications and integrating seamlessly into common ticketing systems. With Contrast’s Kenna.VM integration, both security and DevOps teams know what to fix, how, and why.

  4. Measure application risk precisely. Combine application vulnerability data, asset intelligence, and real-time threat intelligence for the most accurate assessment of business risk.

  5. Predict and prepare better future exploits for the new perimeter, the application. Know the risk of an application vulnerability before exploits become a reality. Contrast’s instrumented vulnerability data, combined with Kenna.VM’s predictive modeling technology, accurately predicts the weapon for new vulnerabilities and recommends fixing high-risk vulnerabilities before an attack can occur.

“Developers are being challenged to release code faster than ever before, but this pace can have consequences, including security gaps and additional development cycles,” said Surag Patel, chief strategy officer, Contrast Security. “As we’ve seen with the recent security breaches, it is not enough to be quick and leave security behind. This new integration allows Contrast to extend its contextual threat intelligence and data science to Kenna.VM users. Our ability to gain more insight into the levels of risk associated with each vulnerability enables organizations to make the most of their limited DevOps resources. “

Learn more about the integration of Contrast and Kenna.VM in this one Blog or Solution overview.

About contrast security:

Contrast Security provides the industry’s most advanced and comprehensive application security platform that removes obstacle security inefficiencies and enables organizations to write and release secure application code faster. By embedding code analysis and attack prevention directly in software with instrumentation, the Contrast platform automatically detects vulnerabilities as developers write code, eliminates false positives, and provides context-specific troubleshooting guides for quick and easy fix. This enables application and development teams to collaborate more effectively and innovate faster, while accelerating digital transformation initiatives. For this reason, more and more of the world’s largest private and public sector organizations are relying on Contrast to secure their applications in development and extend protection in production.

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