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Friday, September 24 • 5:00am - 5:30am
Effective Usage Analysis: The Shortest Path Between a Developer and Accelerated Product Releases

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Modern software applications can feature thousands of direct or indirect code dependencies between proprietary and open source software components, many of which have security vulnerabilities.

Vulnerability scanning commonly reports a gigantic number of findings that demand attention by development teams. Our study, based on the review of hundreds of open source projects in Java, .NET, Python, and JavaScript, shows that about 70% of the reported vulnerabilities in real-world applications cannot be referenced from application code, thereby effectively posing no risk. However, many organizations establish the urgency of vulnerability handling based on the vulnerability’s reported severity. In light of the large number of reported vulnerabilities that are not ‘effective,’ security and development personnel often find themselves investing an inordinate amount of time addressing alerts that should have been prioritized in the first place.

Knowledge of a vulnerability’s ‘effectiveness’ is extremely valuable to organizations. It enables organizations to eliminate a substantial portion of reported security risks with 100% accuracy to concentrate on a significantly smaller number of ‘effective’ vulnerabilities. This enables organizations to save precious time, focus their development teams’ attention on real risks, apply remediation efficiently, and expedite product delivery.

This session presents how prioritization based on effective usage analysis enables organizations to confirm which reported vulnerabilities can be exploited, significantly reducing the number of vulnerabilities developers must remediate.

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Dr. Aharon Abadi

Chief Scientist, WhiteSource
Aharon Abadi (PhD)  Chief Scientist at WhiteSource sinch November 2017. Aharon studied computer science at the Tel-Aviv University, receiving BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees, respectively. Aharon research interests lie a wide range of topics including application security, open source... Read More →
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Rami Elron

Senior Director of Product Management, WhiteSource
Rami Elron is the Senior Director of Product Innovation at WhiteSource, driving application security strategic initiatives and thought leadership. Rami has defined and led the product specification for major staples of WhiteSource's portfolio, including the company's prioritization... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 5:00am - 5:30am EDT
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