Quickly and Easily Scale and Secure Your Serverless Applications with Contrast Serverless Application Security

While serverless is quickly becoming a preferred approach for helping organizations accelerate the development of new applications, their existing toolsets for application security testing (AST) perpetuate inefficiencies that ultimately bottleneck release cycles. And serverless environments themselves present some advantages when it comes to security. There are also some key differences that create some unique challenges. These include:

  • An expanded attack surface. Serverless has more points of attack to potentially exploit. Every function, application programming interface (API), and protocol presents a potential attack vector
  • A porous perimeter is harder to secure. Serverless applications have more fragmented boundaries
  • Greater complexity. Permissions and access issues can be challenging and time-consuming to manage    

Serverless architectures also lack security visibility due to “no-edge blindness”—functions that have no public-facing endpoint or URL. Abstraction of the infrastructure, network, and virtual machines provides zero context for traditional application security tools to reference. This reduces the accuracy of AST results. And while some tools promote static scans for serverless applications, scanning code with zero context is not a real serverless AST solution.