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/mar 2, 2020

Four Critical Steps to Speeding up DevSecOps Programs

By Meaghan Mcbee

The power of DevSecOps is undeniable. As more organizations adopt this methodology, it’s clearer than ever that writing secure code isn’t more time-consuming or complicated than writing insecure code—it all comes down to the right tools, training, and integrations. Incorporating security-minded processes into the development cycle early and often exposes developers to flaws and vulnerabilities sooner, which means they’re empowered to adjust course and plan resourcefully while sharpening their skills.  

The main principles that help organizations successfully secure their DevSecOps programs embrace a few key themes: automating security, maintaining operational visibility, and reducing false alarms. When paired with powerful tools that help developers work smarter, these crucial steps can speed up your DevSecOps program and set your development team on course for smooth sailing to deployment.

Have an array of capable solutions at your fingertips

Overcoming DevSecOps challenges to combine developer enablement with security governance can be tricky if you have a hodgepodge of solutions that are difficult to scale. It’s even harder when teams lack the bandwidth or essential skills necessary to manage these DevSecOps programs. Organizations need tools that work smarter, allowing developers to focus on the tasks and projects that propel development forward instead of slowing it down.

For most businesses, this means a robust SaaS solution that provides a scalable service at a lower cost. In addition, having all application analysis types in one solution streamlines testing and reporting. Veracode combines all testing types—Static Analysis, Dynamic Analysis, Software Composition Analysis, and Pen Testing—in one place.

Opt for seamless integration and simple automation

Successful application security strategies weave automation into testing processes early and often to find flaws fast. It’s also essential to keep development and security teams working with the tools they have, integrating application security into their existing solutions and processes.

When development teams are tasked with delivering high-quality code faster than ever before, automated code testing tools bridge the gap to seamlessly and efficiently integrate security into the software development lifecycle (SDLC). Veracode’s solutions are built to keep up with the demand for automation and speed, with APIs and plugins that don’t interrupt the coding process.

For instance, Veracode’s Pipeline Scan directly embeds into teams’ CI tooling and provides fast feedback on flaws being introduced on new commits. Teams can break the build if policy-violating flaws, based on severity or CWE category, are introduced on a commit or net-new security issues are found. Because this scan is built in line with best-in-class CI tooling, there is no learning curve for developers. Another example: Veracode’s defect-tracking integration with Jira can automatically create a defect for each new security finding with no buttons to push.

Minimize false-positive rates to speed up development

False positives slow everything down. They erode developer confidence and chip away at speed, with rule tweaking and manual reviews only compounding the issue. Veracode Static Analysis offers an industry-leading 1.1 percent false-positive rate—verified by our customers and the thousands of applications we’ve scanned.

That’s a lot faster than the competition’s 32 percent false positive rate, and as a SaaS-based platform, there’s no need to manually fine-tune or suppress rules. Developers are free to focus on real flaws and won’t need to spend as much time chasing down false positives.

Stay on top of analytical data

Many organizations see their AppSec programs struggle because they do not have data-driven insights to help develop, manage, and mature their programs. Veracode’s analytics provides customers with visibility into data that helps them overcome common challenges, including reporting the success of their AppSec program, determining future investment paths and ROI, and how to optimize and mature their program over time. AppSec analytics allow stakeholders and decision-makers to benchmark success and determine where developers may need more training to improve their remediation skills.

The proof is in the numbers, right? Veracode analytics give our customers the edge of insight, providing data from Static Analysis, Dynamic Analysis, Penetration Testing, and Software Composition Analysis all in one place.

Organizations can implement standard or fully customized policies that meet their own business needs and have one clear report in hand to prove compliance with pass or fail results based on their defined criteria. That data can then be reported directly into an organization’s governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) system without missing a beat. That’s a big step forward in achieving security goals by working smarter, not harder.

Ready to learn more? Schedule a demo to discover how you can implement and supercharge your DevSecOps program.

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By Meaghan Mcbee

Meaghan McBee is a Senior Content Marketing Manager at Veracode, responsible for creating content around best practices in application security and the current state of DevSecOps.