Finding and resolving security issues early in the development process saves your organization both time and money. It’s inefficient to implement solutions further along in the software development life cycle (SDLC). But addressing issues early in the process is easier said than done.
The first step in improving your application security posture is choosing the software testing tools that best align with your firm’s needs and goals. And there are many tools to choose from. To resolve issues as early as possible in the SDLC, it’s critical to empower your developers with both security and quality testing.
Find the right software testing tools for developers
Here are seven questions to ask when searching for the best software testing tools for your organization:
1. Can our developers test code throughout all stages of development?
- Yes. Our developers can test for and resolve bugs during code development, when code is compiled, before it hits production, and after it goes live.
- No. Our development teams can test only during a few stages within the SDLC.
2. Do our tools integrate into our development toolchain?
- Yes. Our tools can be integrated into our build system, IDE, source repository, and bug tracking system so developers can see results and resolve issues rapidly.
- No. Our tools sit outside of our development toolchain.
3. Do we have comprehensive testing approaches?
- Yes. Our tests cover web, mobile, and embedded software, including source code and third-party code. Results provide full path coverage, ensuring every line of code and potential execution path are tested.
- No. Our tests assess only certain types of code or software applications and/or don’t consider underlying frameworks.
4. Do our developers trust the test results?
- Yes. Our results have high fidelity and identify critical issues without overwhelming developers with false positives and false negatives.
- No. Too much “noise” causes our developers to waste time or ignore results altogether.
5. Do our developers receive testing results quickly?
- Yes. We find most errors in real time during coding. We save time by automating tests requiring business logic testing, identifying every error instance across shared code.
- No. Our developers must slow or stop their process while they wait for testing results.
6. Are the results easy for developers to understand and prioritize?
- Yes. Results show errors in code, rank issues by criticality, and demonstrate fixes. Our developers can also use the results to improve their coding skills.
- No. Results are difficult to interpret, so our developers avoid using the tool or may not implement changes.
7. Does the tool track improvements well?
- Yes. The tool provides stats on performance that we can share with our executive team and that incentivize developers to continually improve.
- No. Reports don’t track improvements or are difficult to explain to our executive team.
With this checklist in hand, your quality, security, and development teams can align on requirements. You’ll be more likely to choose tools that address everyone’s goals and that developers will adopt.
Empower your developers with tools that help, not hinder.