[WEB SECURITY] Are there any disadvantage of Application Security SaaS offering?

Mostafa Siraj mostafa.siraj at gmail.com
Tue Jul 21 05:53:30 EDT 2009

Hello Sutapa,
I guess there are many major disadvantages of using "Application Security"
SaaS, here are some who came to my mind

1- if the Pen Test scanning - with WebInspect in case of HP- will be
performed remotely -on your testing environment- it will have a major
performance overhead
2- as you said sharing your source code with a third party is not a very
smart thing to do

I believe that the best thing to do is to buy Engagement License which
allows you to use their software at your own firm for 2 weeks or something,
this will help you get the cost reduction you want without imposing your
data to risk or have a performance overhead


Mostafa Siraj <http://allaboutapplicationsecurity.blogspot.com/>

Application Security Expert

ITWorx Egypt


On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 9:22 AM, sutapa dey <sutapaeie10 at yahoo.co.in> wrote:

> Hi All,
> Today, there are couple of vendors in market such as WhiteHat Sentinel, HP
> Application Security Center, who are offering application security softwares
> as a service. I accept that there are manifold advantages of a SaaS model,
> the prime one being cost reduction.
> But as every model has it's own advantages as well as disadvantages,
> similarly SaaS with respect to app security also must be having some
> disadvantages.
> Just wanting to know your suggestions on what possible disadvantages SaaS
> for app security has. From my side, one suggestion may be sharing
> "application code/application details" to a third party may pose a risk.
> Regards,
> Sutapa
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