HP has announced major new releases of its application security software designed to help companies lower costs and protect against malicious web attacks by hackers.
The new offerings are part of HP Application Security Center, a suite of software and services that helps companies ensure the security of their web applications by helping them discover, fix and prevent vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. This video demonstrates one potential vulnerability.
New offerings include:
- HP Assessment Management Platform 8.0 – helps customers reduce costs and mitigate application risk across the enterprise through a distributed, scalable web application security testing platform.
- HP WebInspect 8.0 – helps customers thoroughly analyze complex web applications. This new release delivers fast, accurate security testing and remediation capabilities for web applications, including those built on emerging Web 2.0 technologies.
- HP Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Project Services for Application Security Center – help customers rapidly and cost-effectively implement their application security initiatives with a complete solution maintained and managed by HP.
“The cost of application security breaches, especially those that result in data being compromised, can be substantial,” said Chenxi Wang, principal analyst, Security and Risk Management, Forrester Research, Inc. “Forrester estimates that cost per record for a security breach is approximately $305 for companies in a highly regulated industry. This cost can be prohibitively high for companies that handle hundreds of thousands or millions of data records.”
With the new offerings from HP, IT executives can prioritize security issues by identifying the assets and data that matter most to their business. This approach allows organizations to focus their limited security resources on issues that have the greatest business impact. For example, organizations can prioritize security efforts for applications associated with credit card transactions and bring them into compliance with security guidelines from the Payment Card Industry (PCI).
“To ensure that our web applications are secure, we have incorporated security testing into every facet of our quality assurance and web application development life cycle,” said Erika Pecciotto, executive director of enterprise technology and quality, Sony Pictures Entertainment. “With HP Application Security Center, which is integrated with HP’s quality and performance testing solutions, our team of highly skilled security experts is now able to increase our security capabilities across our 25 development groups.”
HP WebInspect 8.0 and HP Assessment Management Platform 8.0 are available now as licensed software products. HP Assessment Management Platform is expected to be available through HP SaaS in May.