Cybersecurity Glossary: Application Security

Definition
Application Security is the process of developing, adding, and testing security features within applications to prevent security vulnerabilities against threats such as unauthorized access and modification.  Application security may include hardware, software, and procedures that identify or minimize security vulnerabilities. 

Significance
Application security is important because today’s applications are often available over various networks and connected to the Cloud, increasing vulnerabilities to security threats and breaches. There is increasing pressure and incentive to not only ensure security at the network level but also within applications themselves. One reason for this is because hackers are going after apps with their attacks more today than in the past. Application security testing can reveal weaknesses at the application level, helping to prevent these attacks.

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