September 26, 2023

OWASP Austin, Texas

Topic: Reducing Alert Fatigue with SCA and Container Scans: Correlate, Prioritize and Filter Based on Usage. This live meetup will be September 26th at 11500 North Mopac Expressway, Building C Austin, TX 78759.

Deepfactor is pleased to sponsor this gathering.

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Speaker: Kiran Kamity, Founder & CEO, Deepfactor


Scenario: Your application is composed of 12 docker containers. Together they have 400 packages. When you run a container scan with an SCA (Software Composition Analysis) tool, you notice that 120 of them have vulnerabilities. Your security team is asking you to fix all the critical and high vulnerabilities, but your dev/DevOps team doesn’t have the cycles. What do you do?

Today, developers and DevOps engineers are being asked to address vulnerabilities and supply chain risks in container images. However, the volume of noisy security alerts often leads to developers ignoring them entirely or wasting valuable sprint time researching “false positives.” This session will focus on how security and engineering teams can correlate vulnerabilities with runtime information, prioritize alerts based on usage, and filter out false positives that don’t represent a true exposure of a vulnerability. Understanding runtime information can provide intelligence such as applicability of the CVE to the running environment, reachability, and usage. This session will focus on usage. Prioritizing security updates to only used packages in your container image is a highly effective approach to reducing alert fatigue with your container scans. In addition, your DevOps team can even consider removing some of the unused packages and shrink your container images.

As an example, the session will include a demonstration of a typical SCA static container scan of a sample open-source test application and then show how an engineering team can filter alerts to reduce the number of vulnerable and used alerts that actually need to be fixed by developers by up to 90%.

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