Application security (AppSec) is important to all industries, and it’s critical in the public sector, which encompasses government agencies and their suppliers.
Increasingly, public sector software applications, websites, and supply chains are at risk of cyber attacks, data breaches, cyber espionage, hacks, and more. To counteract these persistent threats, government agencies and contractors need AppSec tools to improve software quality—including security and safety—while achieving compliance, increasing productivity, and minimizing costs and time to market.
Software quality includes security, reliability, and safety.
Unpatched vulnerabilities and unmitigated weaknesses in application code are easy to exploit. The effort and risks required to exploit software are low and the rewards are high. 90% of security incidents result from exploits against defects in software.
Creating an asymmetric advantage by detecting and remediating vulnerabilities and weaknesses in applications has a material impact on deterring adversaries and preventing successful attacks.
In today’s world of cyber attacks, government agencies and contractors must demonstrate that a system is secure and reliable before claiming that it’s safe. Safety is critical for commercial aviation, military aircraft, spacecraft, weapons systems, and medical devices.
Meet government regulatory guidance and compliance goals associated with security, reliability, data protection, privacy, and safety by finding and mitigating weaknesses and vulnerabilities. AppSec tools can provide detailed reports listing the specific rules and categories of each standard that the tools address.
Finding defects faster frees up developers’ time.
A direct result of increasing productivity and efficiency is cost avoidance and a quick return on investment (ROI).
According to “The Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S.: A 2022 Report,” vulnerabilities often stem from simple software coding errors. Typically, there are an average of 25 errors per 1,000 lines of code (NIST 2016). Reducing software vulnerabilities and weaknesses ultimately results in a quick ROI and long-term cost savings.
For example, a software efficiency pilot project commissioned by a defense contractor measured time saved in root cause analysis, defect identification, recoding, and retest. The result was a savings of more than US$1M and a team efficiency gain of ~20%.
Recognized by independent analysts including Gartner® and Forrester® as a leader in AppSec testing, Synopsys is a global company and the largest solution provider in the AppSec testing industry, and we are committed to investing in research and development.
The Synopsys team has military and other public sector experience, and Synopsys public sector customers include the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force; all top federal and defense contractors; civilian agencies; and the intelligence community.
Synopsys also supports cross-sector-enabling technologies such as IoT for embedded and industrial controls, the cloud and containers, and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as critical infrastructure sectors including:
The Synopsys software integrity platform includes a complete suite of DevSecOps tools for static analysis, software composition analysis, dynamic analysis, and eLearning.
Find and fix security weaknesses and quality issues in code as it is being developed using Coverity® static application security testing (SAST).
Detect and manage open source vulnerabilities in development and production using Black Duck® software composition analysis (SCA).
Automate security testing on actively running web applications using Seeker® interactive application security testing (IAST).
Test common APIs and protocols on actively running applications for weaknesses and vulnerabilities using Defensics® fuzz testing.
Identify defects and flaws in web applications quickly and easily using WhiteHat Dynamic.
Access interactive courseware designed to help developers learn as they code and implement secure coding best practices using Synopsys eLearning.
Many Synopsys employees serve or have served as subject matter experts for committees, boards, working groups, programs, and projects related to AppSec standards, policies, and regulatory guidelines.
Synopsys DevSecOps tools can help federal agencies and government contractors comply with laws, regulatory guidance, policies, and standards related to AppSec, software quality, data protection, and privacy. Avoid exploits by finding and fixing weaknesses and vulnerabilities, and get detailed reports listing the specific rules and categories of each standard that the tools address.
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Federal agencies and government contractors can acquire Synopsys tools directly from Synopsys or on U.S. General Services Administration Multiple Award Schedule Information Technology (GSA MAS IT previously known as IT Schedule 70) through a U.S. government supplier, which can help speed the procurement process.
Connect with a Synopsys public sector software security and quality expert to get a software demo, free trial, or quote.