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Accelerate your agile security strategy

Find the most aerodynamic way to build security into agile development with a variety of tools that effectively meet your firm’s challenges.

Accelerate your agile security testing strategy

Accelerate your agile security strategy

Learn the most aerodynamic way to build security into agile development. Each wheel rotation represents a sprint within your development cycle that propels your project forward.

  1. Planning sprint: User stories, risk analysis, security gates, prioritization
  2. Production sprints: Architect, design, code, compile and verify, release, deploy

Use the first sprint to align engineering, QA, and security teams. Determine how much you’ll address security in each subsequent sprint.

The best way to drive success

Empower developers to design and build secure software. Integrate security activities into development task throughout the SDLC.

  • Architect: security analysis
  • Design: threat modeling
  • Code: test in IDE
  • Compile and verify: SAST and software composition analysis
  • Release: fuzz testing
  • Deploy: DAST and IAST

Ensure the tools you choose reduce friction and support a smooth development journey. Choose tools that are:

  • Accurate
  • Easy for security and dev teams to use
  • Transparent, with continuously available security feedback
  • Fast
  • Focused on actionable results
  • Integrated into your development toolchain

Establish a strategic agile security culture among your developers.

Testing tools help meet the challenges

Automation is key to helping developers balance the competing pressures of speed and security without requiring deep security domain expertise. Tools that scan for bugs in code can identify common quality and security issues and give developers a chance to remedy them before the code is passed along.

Testing tools that provide results with high fidelity can be a developer’s best friend. They reduce a mountain of potential risks to a manageable list and point the developer to fixes that can affect multiple instances of shared code at once. Detection and  remediation efforts can prioritize high-confidence, high-severity vulnerabilities.

In the context of the development workflow, different types of security testing tools can be applied in different ways and can identify different types of potential problems. Here’s the value of putting specific types of tools behind the wheel:

Static application security testing (SAST) tools

SAST tools examine an application’s code or binary without executing the application. Lightweight desktop options flag common vulnerabilities and offer remediation guidance in real time as developers write code. More in-depth assessments consider business logic and provide full path coverage, ensuring every line of code and all potential executions are tested.

Software composition analysis (SCA) tools

SCA tools provide a complete view of the software supply chain by analyzing open source code, third-party application components, and binaries.

Fuzz testing tools

Fuzz testing simulates real-life attack patterns used by hackers and automatically bombards a system with malformed inputs. These tools allow development teams to uncover misuse cases that trigger hidden, unknown vulnerabilities and failure modes.

Dynamic application security testing (DAST) tools

DAST uses penetration testing techniques to identify security vulnerabilities while applications are running.

Interactive application security testing (IAST) tools

IAST is an emerging technology that finds real security vulnerabilities in web applications and web services with a high level of accuracy.

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