Application attributes

Application attributes are the properties of the application, and appear as column headers in the main Application view. You can use them to filter application lists to focus on what you want to investigate. The following table explains the predefined attributes that you can edit (Date Created and Last Updated are controlled by AppScan Enterprise). If your administrator created customized attributes for your application or removed attributes that are not relevant, they do not appear in this help topic.

Table 1. Predefined application attributes

predefined application attributes

Attribute Name Displays as default column Description
Risk Rating Yes Use this attribute to indicate the aggregated business risk for this application. The default risk rating calculation results in a value between 0 and 25 based on a combination of highest detected issue severity and business impact. Higher numbers indicate increased risk. Administrators can customize this formula if necessary.
Name Yes Use a unique name.
Critical/High/Medium/Low Issues Yes (all display except low issues) The aggregated severity numbers for each application. These numbers are updated whenever issues are managed in a report, a content scan job is run, or a scan job is associated with an application.
Work in progress Yes The aggregated numbers of issues that are currently being fixed for each application (that is, Status = In progress). These numbers are updated whenever the issue status is updated.
Business Unit Yes Knowing the business unit can help you to identify if there areas of concern.

For instance, if there are several applications that belong to the same business unit, there might be a resource issue to resolve so that testing or vulnerability fixing can continue successfully.

Description Optional to further identify the application for other users to understand its significance.
Business Impact Use this attribute to indicate how critical this application is to your business.
Testing Status Indicate Not Started, In Progress, or Completed in this field. This attribute appears as a summary chart and can also be filtered in the application grid.
Last Updated This field is only updated when a user updates a value for an application attribute. The following events do not trigger the field to update:
  • scan is run
  • issues are imported
  • issues are triaged
  • formulas are changed
New/Open/Fixed/Total Issues
  • New Issues: The number of issues with issue status = New. Is included in the "Active" issue count for an individual application.
  • Open Issues: The number of issues that have an issue status of 'New', 'Open', 'Reopened', 'In Progress' with a severity of 'Low' or higher.
  • Fixed Issues: The number of issues that have an issue status of 'Fixed' with a severity of 'Low' or higher.
  • Total Issues: The sum of Open Issues and Fixed Issues.
Type Use this attribute to indicate whether this application is run or viewed on the web, Mobile, or Desktop. You might also indicate All if the application can be viewed on all types of devices.
URL The unique URL of the web application.
Hosts The IP address or server name where the application is hosted. If necessary, enter multiple values, and separate them by commas.
Business Owner Indicates who owns responsibility overall for the successful implementation and delivery of the application.
Development Contact Indicates the developer or the team lead responsible for this application.
Tester Indicates the focal point for security testing of this application.
Tags Create unique tags for this application. You can create up to 50 tags per application. Each tag can be up to 50 characters in length. Here are some examples of customized tags you might use:
  • DAST completed
  • SAST completed
  • manual pen-testing completed
  • threat modeling completed
Collateral Damage Potential The potential for damage or theft if the application is vulnerable. (CVSS Environmental metric)
Target Distribution The proportion of systems in the environment that are potential targets. (CVSS Environmental metric)
Availability Requirement The relative importance of availability of information. (CVSS Environmental metric)
Confidentiality Requirement The relative importance of confidentiality of user information. (CVSS Environmental metric)
Integrity Requirement The relative importance of integrity, or accuracy, of information. (CVSS Environmental metric)