Last updated at Tue, 20 Jun 2023 20:06:56 GMT

With the release of the new 2021 OWASP Top 10 late last year, OWASP made some fundamental and impactful changes to its ubiquitous reference framework. We published a high-level breakdown of the changes, followed by some deep dives into specific types of threats that made the new Top 10.

But the question remains: How do you apply the latest iteration of the OWASP Top 10 to your application security program?

To help answer this question, we released an OWASP 2021 Attack Template and Report for InsightAppSec. This new feature helps you use the updated categories from OWASP to inform and focus your AppSec program, work closely with development teams to remediate the discovered vulnerabilities, and move toward best practices for achieving compliance.

Let’s take a closer look.


Before we can fix vulnerabilities, we need to find them, and to do that, we need to scan. We may know where to look, but we often lack the specialist knowledge of industry trends and the general threat landscape required to determine what we should be looking for.

Luckily, the OWASP organization has done the hard work for us. The new InsightAppSec OWASP 2021 attack template includes all the relevant attacks for the categories defined in the latest OWASP version.

The new attack module enables you to leverage the knowledge that went into the latest version of the OWASP Top 10 – even with little or no subject matter knowledge – to generate a focused, hopefully small, set of vulnerabilities. Where security and development resources are over-utilized and expensive, using the OWASP scan template ensures we are focusing on the right vulnerabilities.


Finding vulnerabilities is only part of the journey. If you can’t enable your development teams to remediate vulnerabilities, the entire exercise becomes academic.

That’s why InsightAppSec provides guidance in the form of detailed remediation reports, specifically formatted to provide development teams with all the information and tools required to confirm and remediate the vulnerabilities.

The remediation report includes the Attack Replay feature found in the product that allows developers to quickly and easily validate the vulnerabilities by replaying the traffic used to identify them.


Although OWASP is not a compliance standard, auditors may view the inclusion of Top 10 scanning as an indication of intent toward good practice, which therefore implies adherence to other compliance standards.

To facilitate this and make it easy for organizations to show good practice, InsightAppSec provides an OWASP report that automatically groups vulnerabilities into the relevant OWASP categories but also includes areas where no vulns have been found.

The OWASP 2021 report gives you an excellent overview of the categories you are successfully addressing and those that may require more focus and attention, giving you actionable information to move your security program forward.

By leveraging the analysis and intel of OWASP and providing workflows right in the product, InsightAppSec gives you control over your AppSec program from scan to remediation enabling the right people, at the right time, with the right information.

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