DevSecOps evolved to address the need to build in security continuously across the SDLC so that DevOps teams could deliver secure applications with speed and quality. Incorporating testing, triage, and risk mitigation earlier in the CI/CD workflow prevents the time-intensive, and often costly, repercussions of making a fix postproduction. This concept is part of “shifting left,” which moves security testing toward developers, enabling them to fix security issues in their code in near real time rather than “bolting on security” at the end of the SDLC. DevSecOps spans the entire SDLC, from planning and design to coding, building, testing, and release, with real-time continuous feedback loops and insights.
Although AST tools are useful for identifying vulnerabilities, they can also add complexity and slow down software delivery cycles. Sorting through an overwhelming number of findings from siloed tools without the means to understand what needs to be done to prioritize them or when it is necessary to test can cause significant friction for security and development teams.
Optimizing testing tools and deriving meaningful insight from their data requires an application security orchestration and correlation (ASOC) solution. ASOC tools combine the capabilities of application security testing orchestration (ASTO) and application vulnerability correlation (AVC) tools to provide a management framework for AppSec tools, workflows, and prioritization of security activities. An effective ASOC tool is key to DevSecOps because it enables security and development teams to orchestrate testing intelligently, consolidate data from all AST tools, deduplicate any redundant results, correlate this data based on threat intelligence, and contextualize software risk to prioritize critical findings.
Together, Synopsys Intelligent Orchestration and Code Dx® provide an ASOC solution that integrates within the SDLC to mitigate software risk and build security into DevOps. Intelligent Orchestration enables organizations to determine the most impactful security activities by assessing the criticality of applications, defining application security policies as code, and using that policy to evaluate code changes and other SDLC events to trigger appropriate testing. It is an ASTO solution that, when combined with an AVC solution like Code Dx , provides a holistic ASOC approach. Code Dx integrates across 100+ developer and AST tools to consume, normalize, and correlate application security data, prioritize key findings, coordinate remediation workflows, and provide visibility to stakeholders across development and security. Importantly, Intelligent Orchestration and Code Dx support bidirectional integrations with a variety of ticketing systems to enable continuous feedback loops and communicate defects or security activities with developers directly. This provides a necessary foundation for organizations to bridge process gaps, facilitate collaboration between stakeholders across security and development, and fully migrate to DevSecOps.