Software Integrity

 

Checklist: Do the software testing tools you employ empower your developers?

checklist: software testing tools for developers

Finding and resolving security issues early in the development process saves your organization both time and money. It’s an inefficient strategy to implement solutions further into the software development life cycle (SDLC). However, addressing issues early in the process is easier said than done.

Choosing the software testing tools that best align with your firm’s needs and goals should be the first step in assessing your application security stance. And, there are many tools to choose from. To resolve issues as early as possible within the SDLC, it’s critical to empower your developers with both security and quality testing.

Here are seven questions to ask when searching for the best software testing tools for your organization:

 

1. Are your developers able to test code throughout the 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 only test during a few stages within the SDLC.

 

2. Do the tools you utilize integrate into your development toolchain?

  • Yes. The tools we utilize can be integrated into our build system, IDE, source repository, and bug tracking system so developers can see results and resolve issues rapidly.
  • No. The tools we utilize sit outside of our development toolchain.

 

3. Are your testing approaches comprehensive?

  • 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 only assess certain types of code or software applications and/or don’t consider underlying frameworks.

 

4. Do your 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 your developers receive testing results quickly?

  • Yes. Most errors are found in real-time during coding. Tests requiring business logic testing save time through automation—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 pinpoint errors in code, rank issues by criticality, and demonstrate fixes to mitigate errors. Our developers can also use results to improve 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 can be shared with our executive team and 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, 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.

 

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