You’ve finally purchased a static analysis solution—but do you know how to use it? Learn how to implement SAST tools in a way that best suits your environment.
In response to the growing consensus that software defects grow riskier and costlier to fix further along in the software development life cycle (SDLC), organizations are adopting static analysis (SAST) tools to find security and quality problems during development.
A SAST solution can boost productivity by finding software issues more efficiently—as your developers build applications. But this all depends on the way you implement the tool. Developers are under immense pressure to deliver software rapidly. So SAST tools that disrupt existing development workflows are unlikely to get much use. Alternatively, development teams stand to benefit from the time SAST can save during the debugging process.
After purchasing a SAST tool, development and DevOps leaders must carefully decide how best to implement it. The tool should help developers fix issues without slowing them down. Flexible SAST solutions will give development teams options to tailor their application security strategy to their existing development processes, toolchains, timelines, and personal preferences.
Development teams must carefully consider how to implement SAST to suit their environment. Below is an example of the decisions they must make:
DevOps teams shouldn’t need to build their environment around their new SAST tool. Considering the many technologies and processes used to deliver applications, SAST solutions must provide flexibility on a per-project basis to help development teams tailor their automated security testing strategy to their unique SDLCs.
Use this guide to decide what matters most to you and find the best way to implement SAST so it supports your developers. Try giving the guide to your development team so they can vote on how to integrate and automate SAST into their SDLC to make them better, more secure coders.
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.