OWASP ASVS: your balanced appsec diet

OWASP ASVS: your balanced appsec diet [2022]

Build strength, fitness and peace of mind!

In this webinar, application security heavyweights Jim Manico (OWASP Top Ten contributor), Farshad Abasi (OWASP Chapter Lead), and Julius Musseau will talk about the best thing that can happen to you if your application security team is overwhelmed, overworked and over-worried.

What you will learn in this section:

Are you thinking of establishing a balanced appsec process, or are you looking at fine-tuning your existing process?

  • The first application security standard by developers for developers!
  • That defines three risk levels with 200+ controls.
  • And gives you a similar value to ISO 27034 for a fraction of the hassle.



The OWASP Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS) is a balanced way for organizations to approach application security and align it with their organization’s risk appetite and resources.

ASVS is a set of best practices that can be used by any organization, large or small, to assess the security of their applications. It takes a proactive, risk-based approach to secure applications and is designed to be flexible enough for you to customize it for your specific needs.

It captures the totality of global APPSEC knowledge for securing web applications and web APIs.

Current Version: 4.0.3 

How can a company best implement ASVS?

It depends on what they are doing, so if the company is building an application, if they’re building software in-house, then the best place to start is to make sure that they’re using it as requirements right. So if you’re on your journey, even if you’re part way through your journey or all the way there, if you’re building software and you’re like, “hey, what are my security requirements?” and usually everyone looks at each other in the team, and they throw their hands up.

It has been seen in some situations that they’re like: “well, we have no idea what the security requirements are,” or at best, they’ll be very high level while “we need to comply with sock too.” So, the best place to start is to take ASVS and say there are my security requirements. Define which level is appropriate for your company, take this as a requirement, and test it internally.

Summing up, start with the requirements and prepare for being tested.

Check the list the requirements on GitHub.

The Benefits of OWASP ASVS Implementation:

Implementing OWASP ASVS brings numerous benefits to organizations, such as:

  1. Enhanced Security: ASVS serves as a guide to address the most critical security concerns. By following its recommendations, organizations can strengthen their application security posture and mitigate potential vulnerabilities effectively.

  2. Customizable Approach: ASVS offers flexibility, allowing organizations to tailor the standard to their specific needs and requirements. This adaptability ensures that security measures are practical and aligned with the organization’s unique context.

  3. Industry Recognition: By adopting OWASP ASVS, organizations demonstrate their commitment to following industry best practices and complying with security standards. This can enhance their reputation and provide a competitive edge in the market.

Empowering OWASP ASVS Implementation

MergeBase is a groundbreaking platform designed to simplify and streamline the implementation of OWASP ASVS requirements. By seamlessly integrating with the ASVS framework, MergeBase enables organizations to maximize the benefits of ASVS in a user-friendly and efficient manner. Some key features and benefits of MergeBase include:

  • Scoping Assistance: MergeBase assists organizations in scoping their application security requirements, ensuring that the ASVS controls align with their specific needs and resources.

  • Seamless Integration: The platform seamlessly integrates with popular project management tools like Jira, enabling organizations to incorporate ASVS requirements directly into their existing workflows.

Unlock the Potential of OWASP ASVS with MergeBase: Try It for Free!

Are you ready to take your application security to the next level? Sign up for a free trial of MergeBase, our cutting-edge platform designed to seamlessly integrate with OWASP ASVS. By leveraging MergeBase, you can unlock the true potential of ASVS, streamline implementation processes, and ensure a robust security posture for your applications. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to build strength, fitness, and peace of mind in the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity.

Oscar van der Meer

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Oscar van der Meer

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