Application Development is Rampant with Security Risk; Suffering from Today’s Business Environment, According to New Survey by Prevoty

Prevoty Research Reveals that 85 Percent Say Vulnerability Remediation has a Significant Impact on the Ability to Release Applications and Features on Schedule and on Budget

Impact of Security on Application Development Survey by Prevoty (Graphic: Business Wire)

LAS VEGAS--()--The application development process is rampant with security risks due to current business pressures, according to new research released today at Black Hat USA 2015 by Prevoty, Inc. From competing business pressures to secure code training to scanning false negatives, developers have their backs to the wall when it comes to developing and releasing applications that not only perform the function they are designed to perform, but also do so in a way that protects the company’s prized data. Security is left to the last minute -- if considered at all. Nearly half of those surveyed say they knowingly release applications with vulnerabilities at least 80 percent of the time.

Prevoty, a leader in runtime application security monitoring and protection, today announced findings from its 2015 survey, “The Impact of Security on Application Development.” The research revealed the fast growing business demands for IT security as more enterprises move their applications to the cloud and rely on third-party software to optimize their end-to-end operations. Doing so helps the enterprise deliver more functional applications to support the business, but it also broadens the attack surface.

“Despite allocating millions of dollars to developing applications, enterprises still underinvest in a critical component: securing their applications against attacks,” said Julien Bellanger, co-founder and CEO of Prevoty. “Identifying vulnerabilities is important, but nothing is actually solved without remediation. Our research shows that vulnerability remediation is significantly impeding enterprises’ ability to release applications on time and on budget.”

Key takeaways from the survey responses include:

  • 85 percent say vulnerability remediation has a significant impact on the ability to release applications and features on schedule and on budget.
  • More than 70 percent admitted that business pressures to quickly release application updates often override security concerns.
  • Nearly 80 percent of developers worry that their clients won’t trust their applications if they admit there is a security flaw.
  • Nearly half (43 percent) admit to releasing applications with vulnerabilities at least 80 percent of the time.

To better understand the habits of today’s agile developers, Prevoty surveyed more than 200 application and software developers in June 2015 through an online survey. Responses were collected from both male and female respondents, ages 18 and up, in the United States. Responses were voluntary and anonymous.

For more information on the survey findings of “The Impact of Security on Application Development,” stop by the Prevoty Booth (#996) at Black Hat for the report, or download the full report here.

About Prevoty

Prevoty is dedicated to securing enterprises and the users they serve by monitoring and protecting the applications that are the heart of modern business. Prevoty’s products provide real-time application security intelligence and RASP (Runtime Application Self-Protection) capabilities for Global 2000 enterprises. Prevoty was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. For more information on the company's application security solutions, go to or follow @Prevoty on Twitter.


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Alissa Bushnell, 415-235-9532