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How to automate static analysis in your SDLC

Automating static analysis in your SDLC requires a tool that integrates into daily workflows, presents results intuitively, and offers remediation guidance.

How to automate static analysis in your SDLC

As attacks on the application layer increase and businesses ask developers to produce software faster, security and development teams must satisfy demands for more secure software without sacrificing rapid application development.

The speed and complexity of modern software development is increasing, so traditional security testing methodologies—such as testing applications after they are completed—must adapt to keep pace with development. Static application security testing (SAST) has long helped developers find security weaknesses and quality defects in their code. Modern SAST tools with integrated development environment (IDE) plugins that highlight issues in real time are intuitive solutions for rapid remediation.

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While static analysis has the potential to make development more productive and secure, these benefits are far from guaranteed. Some developers find static analysis distracting and invasive. Others grow frustrated with the inaccuracy of SAST, which causes them to waste time separating false positives from true positives. To make SAST an integral part of the software development life cycle (SDLC), it must support developers and their goals.

Some developers find static analysis distracting and invasive.

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Designed for development teams, Coverity is an accurate and comprehensive SAST solution that can scan software at the same fast, iterative rate that it’s produced. Development teams can use Coverity to automate static analysis wherever it’s most convenient for them in the SDLC. To enable flexible DevOps integrations and deployment options, the Coverity analysis engine can be used in multiple ways:

  • Coverity on-premises. Those hoping to keep their analysis projects on-premises can deploy Coverity locally and Coverity Connect to manage their SAST projects.
  • Coverity on Polaris. Polaris is a cloud-based platform that delivers Coverity as a service to enable quick time to value and seamless scaling.
  • Code Sight. As part of the Polaris platform, Code Sight is an IDE plugin that analyzes source code in the background as it’s being written in real time.

Coverity is an accurate SAST solution that can scan software as fast as it’s produced.
While some teams prefer to find security vulnerabilities and quality defects in their IDE as they’re writing code, others prefer to automate static analysis into their CI/CD pipelines. Development teams can choose any combination of the offerings above—so they can determine the best approach to securing their SDLC on a per-project basis.

By automating static analysis in the IDE or CI/CD pipeline, Coverity reduces the time it takes to debug code. The tools described above meet three crucial requirements to help development teams find and fix security weaknesses quickly:

  1. They can be automated and integrated into developer workflows without disrupting day-to-day activities.
  2. They present accurate results in a noninvasive, intuitive way.
  3. They offer actionable remediation guidance and developer education.
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Charlie Klein

As a Product Marketing/Business Rotational Program Associate at Synopsys, Charlie will rotate through the sales, marketing, sales operations, and finance departments four months at a time. He joined Black Duck Software in July, before Black Duck Software was acquired by Synopsys. During his time in sales and marketing, Charlie has researched and learned about the importance of open source risk management—especially pertaining to container security and secure DevOps practices. While in marketing, Charlie has been helping with the launch of OpsSight, a product designed for IT Operations and Infrastructure teams hoping to automate security practices in the production environment. He holds a B.A. in Political Economy from Bates College.

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