How to Secure Legacy Apps

Kunal Anand of Prevoty on Today's Application Security Challenges
Kunal Anand
Security is built into most applications developed today. But how does one go back and secure legacy apps in one's environment? Kunal Anand of Prevoty shares insight on this often-overlooked challenge.

Anand, co-founder and CTO of Prevoty, cites this as a common challenge for organizations. The secure software development lifecycle looks ahead; it doesn't apply modern application security standards to apps that are already in your systems.

"When you're thinking about legacy applications, these are the ones where developers may have written the stuff and may not be employed anymore; this could be stuff that was architected years ago," Anand says. "You may not even have the original source code."

It's a daunting task, but Anand has ideas and a solution for how organizations might approach retrofitting security onto legacy apps.

In an interview recorded at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, Anand discusses:

  • The security challenges posed by legacy apps;
  • How to retrofit security;
  • Today's most common application security threats.

Anand is the co-founder and CTO of Prevoty, which offers a next-generation application security platform. Prior to that, he was the director of technology at the BBC Worldwide, overseeing engineering and operations across the company's global digital entertainment and gaming initiatives. Anand also has several years of experience leading security, data and engineering at Gravity, MySpace and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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