/apr 23, 2024

Enhancing Developer Efficiency With AI-Powered Remediation

By Natalie Tischler

Traditional methods of flaw remediation are not equipped with the technology to keep pace with the rapid evolution of code generation practices, leaving developers incapable of managing burdensome and overwhelming security debt. Code security is still a critical concern in software development. For instance, when GitHub Copilot generated 435 code snippets, almost 36% of them had security weaknesses, regardless of the programming language. As it is, many developers are still unequipped with an automated method that can securely remediate issues in code. 

This blog delves into the paradigm shift brought about by Veracode Fix, an innovative AI solution designed to revolutionize automated flaw remediation. 

The Main Security Risks in Automated Code 

The emergence of automated code-generation tools has brought in a new era of efficiency and innovation. However, this progress comes with a variety of security risks that threaten the integrity and safety of applications. Automated code, while streamlining the development process, introduces vulnerabilities that traditional security measures struggle to mitigate effectively. Additionally, developers produce more code with the help of AI, and history tells us that more code means more flaws. 

One of the primary challenges stems from the proliferation of third-party tools and methods utilized in modern development practices. On the one hand, these offer remarkable efficiency and flexibility. However, they also present new vectors for creating potentially insecure code, as developers rely on code that may not undergo rigorous security scrutiny. Research from Veracode’s State of Software Security Report found that roughly 70% of applications have flaws in third-party code, and these third-party flaws take 50% longer to fix, with a half-life of 11 months. This is why including scans of both sources at various points in your secure development life cycle is so critical. 

In addition, open-source repositories present a potential breeding ground for malicious code insertion and vulnerabilities. Developers under pressure to deliver features at an accelerated pace may overlook security best practices, ultimately leading to the introduction of exploitable weaknesses in the codebase. 

Balancing Security Flaw Remediation and Development Efficiency 

The burden placed on developers to address security flaws within applications extends beyond mere identification, as it also impacts development timelines and resource allocation. As they grapple with solving security vulnerabilities, developers encounter a heightened cognitive burden, consuming valuable time and effort that could otherwise be directed toward innovation and value creation. 

Security flaw resolution demands a level of expertise and specialization that may not always align with developers' core skill set. Tasked with navigating an increasingly complex web of security concerns, developers find themselves stuck in a time-consuming process that detracts from their primary responsibilities. The need to decipher and rectify vulnerabilities, often without specialized training or dedicated resources, can result in a significant drain on productivity and efficiency. 

Furthermore, the backlog of unresolved security flaws compounds the issue, presenting an even bigger obstacle to project timelines and delivery schedules. Even a small security backlog of 2,000 open flaws can translate into over 6 months of additional developer effort, as they strive to address and rectify each issue systematically. 

Streamlining Development Processes with Veracode’s AI-Powered Innovation 

Veracode’s proprietary AI plays a pivotal role in automating security flaw fixes by leveraging advanced machine learning algorithms to analyze and understand code patterns. Here is how it can benefit your organization: 

  • Saves time: Unlike traditional manual approaches, Veracode’s AI can autonomously recommend fixes for vulnerabilities within software applications. This not only expedites the remediation process but also ultimately saves time by preventing the need for extensive rework or post-release patching. Veracode Fix helps automate security flaw fixes by tailoring solutions to client codebases, significantly reducing fix times for common vulnerabilities from months to minutes. 

  • Aids scale: Repetitive and time-consuming tasks across different areas of an organization are automated since AI can handle large volumes of tasks efficiently, allowing organizations to scale their operations without proportionally increasing human resources. For example, Veracode Fix reduces developers' workload by swiftly addressing vulnerabilities in codebases. It slashed remediation time for a Java vulnerability from 35 to 3 minutes which streamlines the process, enhancing productivity and job satisfaction. 

  • Helps reduce security debt: The toil of correcting detected security mistakes will decrease as developers can integrate Veracode Fix with security scans earlier in development to create cleaner code. The result: Cleaner code into the CI/CD pipeline, improved delivery velocity, and a reduced security backlog. 

Veracode Fix: Empowering Developers, Strengthening Security 

With an impressive track record since its launch nearly a year ago, Veracode Fix has shown its efficacy in resolving 80% of vulnerabilities in Java and 75% of vulnerabilities in C#. It is also effective in fixing 65% of issues in Python, 60% in JavaScript, and 55% in PHP. 

This underscores its capabilities in addressing flaws and vulnerabilities across diverse development environments. As Veracode Fix continues to evolve and enhance its efficiency, organizations can rest assured knowing they have a powerful tool in their quest for secure and successful software development. To learn more about Veracode Fix and its transformative capabilities for your organization's CI/CD pipelines, click here

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By Natalie Tischler

Natalie Tischler believes in a world where software is built secure from the start. She writes content for Veracode that focuses on empowering harmony between Security and Development teams.