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The challenge of security testing in waterfall software development.

The waterfall software development model – in which development progresses steadily downward from conception and initiation through analysis and design to construction, testing and production – creates some unique challenges for security testing.

Testing for vulnerabilities like buffer overflow or for flaws that could lead to CSRF attacks typically takes place in the later stages of waterfall software development. Yet because this methodology is not based on multiple iterations and revisions, it’s very difficult to go back and make changes to code after an application has moved to the later stages of waterfall software development. When bugs need to be fixed or vulnerabilities need to be eradicated, developers will end up working on fixes for code they haven’t seen in months, and QA will face a great deal of pressure to ship low-quality software that contains flaws.

For development teams working in waterfall software development, Veracode provides application testing services that can help to find and fix flaws earlier in the process and deliver secure software more easily and affordably.

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Securing waterfall software development with Veracode.

Veracode application security testing solutions help to secure the critical software that drives business today. Our comprehensive suite of testing technology is offered as an on-demand, SaaS-based service. Organizations don’t need to invest in additional hardware or software, and developers don’t need to learn a new tool in order to submit code for security testing. With Veracode, developers can find and fix flaws at any point in the SDLC, from inception through production.

This is especially helpful for waterfall software development. With tools to test code early on, programmers working in waterfall software development can test code as it’s being written or initially compiled, rather than waiting until a later security hardening stage. Developers can submit code for review through the Veracode Application Security Platform and receive results within hours – 80% of scans are returned within four hours, and 90% within one day. Results are prioritized by severity and include step-by-step remediation suggestions, helping to speed water software development by allowing developers to find and fix the most dangerous flaws more quickly.

Ultimately, Veracode helps to deliver more secure software and to meet the demands of HIPAA compliance, SarbOx compliance and compliance with other regulatory frameworks.

Testing services for waterfall software development.

Veracode security testing technology for waterfall software development includes:

  • Veracode Static Analysis, scanning binaries to find vulnerabilities in software that is built, bought or assembled.
  • Veracode Static Analysis IDE Scan, a service that runs within a developer’s integrated development environment to provide alerts about potential flaws as code being written.
  • Veracode Software Composition Analysis, a service for finding vulnerabilities in open source components.

Learn more about how to secure code in waterfall software development, or visit Veracode’s AppSec knowledgebase to get answers to questions like “What is sequel injection?” and “What is a worm?”

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