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Who owns application security?

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Aug
2018
Who owns application security?

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In July 2018, F5 released its first annual Application Protection Report. As part of the report, F5 commissioned Ponemon to survey of 3,135 IT security practitioners across the world. The survey collected information about respondent’s application security processes. A key question asked for respondents to name their organization’s primary owner of application risk.

In theory, one would hope that the CISO was the number one answer by far. In reality, the CISO came in fifth place. The top owners of app security were: the CIO/CTO at 26%, Head of Application Development at 21%, and Business Units tying with “no one” at 18%. Surprisingly, CISOs received only 10% of the responses for the application security risk owner. The only choices lower than CISO were Compliance at 5% and Quality Assurance at 1%.

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