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Web-based systems can compromise the overall security of an organization by introducing vulnerabilities that hackers can use to gain access to confidential company information. In addition, the growth in mobile computing greatly expands the attack surface for hackers. Unfortunately, in the race to stay one step ahead of the competition, many organizations don't devote adequate resources to ensure that Web-based systems are secure. Security and vulnerability management (SVM) represents a broad category of solutions that can address these needs. In particular, products such as application scanners are specifically designed to test the robustness of an application or softwareto resist attacks by reviewing source code and scanning for the latest threats. By embedding state-of-the-art application scanning capabilities early in the software development life cycle, IT organizations can test and audit Web and mobile applications in advance of deployment to ensure security integrity. This Technology Spotlight examines these trends and the role that the IBM Security AppScan portfolio plays in this strategic market.
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