1. Actionable findings for development teams
In a report by Forrester, IAST was shown to reduce the time it took to remediate security vulnerabilities by 65%, compared to penetration testing.7 This is because IAST empowers developers to find and fix vulnerabilities as a part of their development process. Application security experts can remove themselves from the critical path of software development and spend more time on strategic security initiatives.
2. Comprehensive vulnerability and security risk reporting earlier in the SDLC
IAST enables developers to fix security vulnerabilities as they code, reducing reliance on external security testers for pen testing. This means you can find and fix runtime vulnerabilities in web apps before deploying them to production. Shifting left and doing security testing earlier in the integrated build and testing stages enables substantial cost and resource savings for organizations, while also reducing security risk.
3. Low false-positive rates
IAST solutions are automatic and accurate; they won’t return long lists of potential vulnerabilities that require lengthy, tedious manual review to resolve and eliminate false positives. So organizations can focus DAST and pen testing budgets on more difficult corner-case vulnerabilities that require more intensive manual human testing to identify and verify.
4. Seamless integration into automated development and testing environments
If development teams are to adopt security testing as part of their normal workflows, an application security solution must be able to plug into and integrate with agile and CI/CD development tools. It also must be easy to deploy, update, and scale to support large enterprise requirements. IAST solutions integrate seamlessly into CI/CD pipelines and run at the speed demanded by DevOps.
Both security and development teams can benefit from integrating IAST into the SDLC, especially an IAST tool that includes SCA and e-learning. Security teams need application security tools that can comprehensively find vulnerabilities and give them a continuously updated view of the risk posture of their organizations’ web apps and compliance with security standards. And they need this information before web apps are deployed to production, where they’re at risk of security attacks that may lead to costly data breaches.
Development teams, by contrast, need quick feedback on what vulnerabilities to fix, how to fix them, and where to find them in their source code or component libraries. And developers need this feedback early in the SDLC, when they’re most familiar with their code and when vulnerabilities are least costly to fix.