Today we are launching our 2019 updated research paper from our recent series, Understanding and Selecting RASP (Runtime Application Self-Protection). RASP was part of the discussion on application security in just about every one of the hundreds of calls we have taken, and it’s clear that there is a lot of interest – and confusion – on the subject, so it was time to publish a new take on this category. And we would like to heartily thank you to Contrast Security for licensing this content. Without this type of support we could not bring this level of research to you, both free of charge and without requiring registration. We think this research paper will help developers and security professionals who are tackling application security from within understand what other security measures are at their disposal to protect application stacks from attack.

And to be honest we were surprised by the volume of questions being asked. Each team was either considering RASP, or already engaged in a proof-of-concept with a RASP vendor. This was typically in response to difficulties with existing Web Application Firewalls (WAF) as those platforms have not fared well as development has gotten more agile. Since 2017 we have engaged in over 250 additional conversations on what has turned into a ‘DevSecOps’ phenomena, with both security and development groups asking about RASP, how it deploys and the realistic benefits it might provide. And make no mistake, it was not just IT security asking about WAF replacements, but security and development – facing a mountain of ‘technical debt’ with security defects – asking about monitoring/blocking malicious requests while in production.

In this paper we cover what RASP is, how it works, use cases and how to differentiate one RASP product from another. And we address the perspectives and specific concerns of IT, application security and developer audiences.

Again, thank you to Contrast Security for licensing this research. You can download from the attachment link below, or from the research library. And you can tune into our joint webcast on November 19 by registering here: Evaluating RASP Platforms.