Enhancing Security Prioritization with Cycode’s Advanced Risk Scoring

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In today’s digital landscape, businesses are faced with an ever-growing array of security threats. From cyberattacks to data breaches, the stakes are high. Organizations must remain vigilant to safeguard their assets and maintain operational stability. However, with the myriad of security tools and technologies available, managing and prioritizing these risks effectively can be daunting.

Prioritizing vulnerabilities is crucial for saving time and money as well as avoiding damage to your organizational assets. Prioritization should be easy to use and understand to gain resources and engagement quickly. 

Because the stakes are so high, Cycode is excited to announce our new Risk Score. This new feature aggregates all of Cycode’s ASPM capabilities to offer a new level of granularity in risk classification of the violations on your platform. Cycode’s combination of deep code visibility, scanners, and broad connectorX integration data provides much better prioritization for your security tools already installed in your organization. It identifies violations that could be exploited and are urgent to address. It also reduces the severity of violations that, due to various configuration factors, may not pose a significant risk in the real world.

This new feature offers a single prioritized view that consolidates all violations detected by our native scanners or third-party security tools via ConnectorX. This consolidation enhances businesses’ ability to prioritize potential risks for operational stability and security effectively. Our Risk Score provides better granularity into risk than traditional severity scores are able to.

The Limitations of Severity Rankings

Traditionally, severity rankings like CVSS scores have been used to categorize violations based on their perceived impact. While this approach provides a baseline for prioritization, it fails to consider crucial factors that influence the actual risk posed by a violation. For example, a violation may be classified as critical based on its severity, but if it appears in a repository that’s private and archived or in a user’s personal repository, the actual threat posed may be minimal. 

By contrast, a lower severity violation may represent a more significant risk to your organization when it’s in a production environment in an application that handles sensitive business data. Context is key. 

Cycode’s risk scoring feature goes beyond traditional severity rankings by leveraging advanced algorithms to analyze multiple data points and generate precise Risk Scores. These scores take into account not only the severity of the violation but also contextual factors such as the location and assets associated with the violations. Cycode uses deep context to determine the potential impact of a violation on the business.

Our Risk Score provides a more accurate view of overall risk, so you always know where to start your remediation efforts. By gathering more data and understanding contextual factors, the Risk Score helps security teams understand better how to focus their time.

Consider two violations of the same policy: one SCA violation appears to have bad package health and direct dependency and is used by core business applications. At the same time, the other has the same security profile but is used by a non-relevant test file. While both violations may have the same security policy profile, the Risk Score reflects the differing levels of risk posed by each violation, allowing businesses to prioritize remediation efforts accordingly.

The goal here it to reduce real risk to your organization in a meaningful and impactful way.

Risk Scoring Key Features and Benefits

Risk score dashboard

Cycode’s new Risk Score benefits our customers in several significant ways, including the following:

  • Efficient Risk Assessment: Cycode’s comprehensive risk scoring feature streamlines risk assessment processes, enabling businesses to identify and prioritize potential risks quickly and accurately.
  • Integrated Solution: Seamlessly integrate risk scoring into existing workflows for enhanced operational efficiency.
  • Native Scanners Deliver Better Visibility: Cycode’s scanners provide unparalleled code-to-cloud visibility, enabling more accurate risk assessments.
  • Business Impact Consideration: Cycode’s risk formula takes into account the business impact of violations, allowing organizations to focus on the most critical applications and money-makers.
  • Actionable Insights: Gain actionable insights from detailed Risk Scores to inform decision-making and reduce mean time to remediate (MTTR).
  • Real-Time Updates: Receive real-time updates on Risk Scores to address emerging threats proactively.
  • Customizable Risk: Tailor risk scoring parameters to align with specific business needs and risk tolerance levels.

The Cycode Complete ASPM Advantage

Cycode Risk Score delivers better code-to-cloud visibility than the other competitors in large part due to the quality of our native scanners. Because we pull in more high-quality data, we can deliver more nuance context to enhance our Risk Score: 

  • As an ASPM leader, Cycode allows you to compare risk parameters from different connectors/security tools most in use in the industry.
  • As a Secrets leader, Cycode gives a secret value score to remediate and revoke secrets efficiently.
  • The Cycode Graph shows the connection between all code and cloud assets and includes advanced parameters in the Risk Score calculation.
  • Cycode Automation updates the risk and the violation status in real-time thanks to Cycode code visibility and developers’ workflows.
  • The Cycode Project brings the business impact to the risk formula to focus on the most important apps/business money-makers.
  • The Cycode Classification Rule gives the user the power to affect and customize the main risk parameter.

Peace of Mind with Cycode

Cycode’s risk scoring feature represents a significant leap forward in security prioritization. By leveraging contextual data, Cycode enables businesses to identify and mitigate risks more effectively, ultimately enhancing operational stability and security posture in today’s complex threat landscape.

Cycode is the leading Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) and Software Supply Chain Security platform, providing peace of mind to its customers. Our complete ASPM platform scales and standardizes developer security without slowing down the business, delivering safe code, faster. Cycode delivers cyber resiliency through unmatched visibility, risk-driven prioritization and just-in-time remediation of code vulnerabilities at scale. Cycode’s Risk Intelligence Graph (RIG), the brain behind the platform, provides traceability across the entire SDLC through natural language. As a purpose-built platform for developer security, Cycode delivers visibility, prioritization, and remediation of vulnerabilities across the entire SDLC.

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