Begin Your Secure Coding Journey with OWASP Compliance
The OWASP Foundation regularly publishes its OWASP Top 10 list of most common vulnerabilities found in web applications. Outlined below, they account for 60-70 percent of the vulnerabilities found in most application software:
- Cross Site Scripting (XSS)
- Broken Authentication
- Broken Access
- Sensitive Data Exposure
- XML External Entities (XXE)
- Security Misconfiguration
- Insecure Deserialization
- Using Components with Well-Known Vulnerabilities
- Insufficient Logging and Monitoring.
Vulnerabilities like information leakage, cryptographic errors, cross-site scripting, SQL injection, API abuse and credentials management add to the technical debt, often leading to expensive data breaches.
How Can You Get on Top of the OWASP Top 10?
We recommend that following some best practices can help in significantly reducing OWASP related vulnerabilities:
- Regular developer training on secure coding practices
- Build a cadence around frequent static and dynamic scanning of code as part of your CI/CD build processes
- Do regular pen tests using tools like OWASP ZAP or other third-party products
- Avoid shipping code with default credentials, especially for admin users
- Enforce encryption, strong password management and proper key management policies
- Regularly monitor authoritative sources, like the common vulnerabilities and disclosures (CVE)
- Regular peer review of open source components being used.
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