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August 24 2023 | 3 min read

Top 5 AppSec metrics to track, right from Apiiro’s new dashboards

Educational, Product | August 24 2023 | 3 min read

TL;DR – To help our customers secure their applications and software supply chains and improve their application security program efficiency, we’re excited to unveil all-new dashboards! The new overall and solution-specific dashboard tiles provide visual insights into important application security KPIs such as MTTR, risks over time, development velocity, material changes, etc.

Like your codebase, your security posture changes over time. Managing and tracking key performance metrics helps ensure you’re making data-driven decisions on priorities, strategy, and investment that will strengthen your security program. Apiiro automatically surfaces and tracks key metrics by integrating and analyzing security signals through deep, continuous code analysis and insights from both native and third-party security tools across your software development lifecycle.

Apiiro Dashboard Overview

We’ve made it easier and faster to get a pulse check on your AppSec posture right from Apiiro’s application security posture management dashboard. Here are five of our favorite dashboard tiles and how to use them to understand and improve your application security posture over time.

#1: Discovered vs. closed risks

discovered vs closed risk tile

You can’t secure what you can’t see. And you can’t improve what you can’t track. This tile shows the convergence between open and closed risks over time. A risk is considered “closed” if it’s remediated, ignored, or accepted. Seeing the number of new risks identified—either from Apiiro’s native solutions or your third-party solutions—and addressed over time enables you to track secure coding and remediation trends, which is an important indicator of your AppSec program’s efficacy.

Fun fact: You can drill down into the Risks page for a specific date by clicking on the tile tooltip.

#2: MTTR

MTTR tile

The mean time to remediation (MTTR) tile tracks one of the most telling AppSec metrics of all.  This tile shows the average time between a risk being discovered and resolved, AKA your ability to efficiently mobilize your security and development teams to address application risks.

Many of our customers maintain SLAs for MTTR and strive to minimize their response time. With this new tile, you now have immediate insight into MTTR that can be filtered by a specific period of time and/or by specific parts of your application to see how your teams are trending.

#3: Risky material changes in commits

material changes commits tile

Not all code changes introduce vulnerabilities, expose secrets or sensitive data, result in misconfigurations, etc. A change might introduce a new entry point or data model, or it might alter an existing one—thus resulting in a material change—any change that has the potential to introduce risk into the application that is not a vulnerability. Automating material risk classification helps teams better prioritize, allocate resources, and effectively remediate risk.

For highly regulated organizations especially, tracking material changes may be a matter of compliance or noncompliance, but for any organization, tracking commits, risky changes, and material changes is an insightful way to understand development behavior, better allocate resources, and benchmark your team’s ability to avoid introducing new risk over time. Additionally, this snapshot can help determine when and where to create development guardrails that address patterns seen in risky/material code changes in your organization.

#4: Actions taken on new risks

manual actions tile

This tile aggregates the tickets and notifications for remediations and security processes triggered manually via the Apiiro platform. Understanding how Apiiro can help streamline notifications and ticket creation and monitoring the volume of triggers helps measure your program’s efficiency and optimize workflows based on risk impact to ensure you are focusing on the right risks.

#5: Development velocity

development velocity tile

For even the most robust and efficient AppSec teams, manually reviewing all pull requests is impossible—that’s where automation comes in. This tile shows the impact of automating security in the context of new pull requests, how many are risky, and how many surfaced application security feedback via an Apiiro PR comment or block.

Seeing how Apiiro is automatically monitoring PRs for material changes and preventing critical risks from reaching production allows AppSec teams to gauge their shift-left security effectiveness and see the impact focusing on high business impact changes has on team efficiency. Tracking development velocity helps AppSec teams strategize and align resources, and engineering managers measure and Improve the performance of their development teams.


What else is new?

  • There are several more tiles that provide insights into top risks by category and riskiest repositories, as well as solution-specific tiles.
  • Apiiro’s new dashboards can also be filtered by time, applications, application groups, and repositories and can be reordered to help you focus on the metrics and highlights most impactful to your business.
  • The dashboards also include a high-level summary and status of all the sources that are connected to Apiiro across the development lifecycle—your ticketing systems, code repositories, security tools, CI/CD pipelines, API gateways, and Kubernetes (K8s) clusters.
  • As part of this update, we’ve introduced a new sidebar navigation that separates the core platform pages from solutions-specific dashboards and risks to help you streamline how you manage application risk with Apiiro. Learn more about the changes to the new sidebar in this video. 🎥

Existing Apiiro customers can dive deeper into the dashboards in our documentation (say that five times fast).

To see how Apiiro can help not only visualize your application security posture but to improve it—with efficiency enabled by deep code-to-runtime context—schedule a demo with our team of experts.

Itay Nussbaum

Product Manager

Martin Saad

Product Manager