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The OWASP Application Security Program Quick Start Guide Project

This guide is intended to be a short, straightforward introductory guide to standing-up or improving an Application Security Program . The intended goal of the AppSec program is to implement measures throughout the code's life-cycle to prevent gaps in the application security policy or the underlying system through flaws in the design, development, deployment, upgrade, or maintenance of the application.

The application security program should effectively manage the security of its application systems, protecting information from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction in order to provide integrity, confidentiality and availability.

A fundamental component of this improved application security management is the ability to demonstrate acceptable levels of risk based on defined KPIs, including but not limited to:

  • The number of vulnerabilities present in an application
  • The time to fix vulnerabilities
  • The remediation rate of vulnerabilities
  • The time vulnerabilities remain open.

The application security program deliverables include a holistic view of the state of security for each application, identifying the risks associated with the application and the countermeasures implemented to mitigate those risks, explaining how security is implemented, planning for system downtimes and emergencies, and providing a formal plan to improve the security in one or more of these areas.


The intended audience of this document is anyone from security engineers, developers, program managers, senior managers or a senior executive. This guide should be considered the start of a comprehensive approach, it is intended to give the basic questions and answers that should be asked by those who are in charge of the application security program in your organization, this includes those responsible for managing the risk of the entire organization.


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The OWASP Application Security Program Quick Start Guide Project is sponsored by WhiteHat Security Inc..


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Broken out into non-calendar days. The guide prioritizes the activities needed to measure and improve the relative security of web applications under the same authority. Included are additional resources to the related task, such as asset management and security policies.

Table of Contents

  • Day 1 - Landscape Evaluation
  • Day 2 - Assets & Communication Plans
  • Day 3 - Assessments
  • Day 4 - Metrics
  • Day 5 - Controls & Prioritization

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