The name of quality in software is ‘code-based security’
Veracode increases security awareness in DevOps teams
Software is among the most consumed products today. We can find the software ready to use, from daily business applications to services offered on the web and mobile applications almost everywhere. We can obtain software in a much easier way than choosing a product in a shopping center. With a click from the phone, we can download the mobile application we want immediately; When we turn on our computer one morning at work, we can find the latest version of our business applications ready to use. This convenience experienced by the consumer undoubtedly affects the way software development business.
The software has now turned into a mass-produced product.
Software teams now have to work much more focused and disciplined. Security concerns are at their peak in software development. As the deadlines of applications are shortening, almost everyone, especially the managers who have entrusted their work to technology, is worried about software codes’ security.
Isn’t this very natural?
Perspectives and a new way of working
Sometimes it can be a necessity to change the way we work. Switching from the waterfall model to the “code-based security” (DevOps) model in software development can significantly reduce security problems. The software development process consists of stages such as analysis, design, coding, testing, release, and maintenance in the waterfall model. In traditional software development processes, this is a linear and sequential model. The improvements made in the software at each stage are built on the previous stage.
Code-based security refers to an approach where you take security scans to every stage in which the code is developed and automate this process. This approach is a natural reflection of contemporary practices in quality management methods. If you can apply and control quality in every step of a business process from the beginning to the end, the resulting product’s quality level will also be high.
However, some say that security controls at the coding stage can slow down the application development process and delay software deployment. However, we can say that these concerns are not valid, given today’s possibilities. Thanks to the security scans integrated and automated into existing tools and processes used in the software development process, ‘code-based security’ does not cause any delays or interruptions in development processes.
To increase security awareness in teams
New normally, software development teams now have to take responsibility for security as well. Do software developers have the knowledge, experience, and determination to properly correct vulnerabilities that have emerged and reported as a result of code security scans? With the likelihood of such problems arising, the need for intelligent next-gen code security tools such as Veracode is increasing.
Veracode can perform security tests of all applications on mobile, desktop, or cloud as a web service. Veracode, which can perform scans in compliance with NIST, PCI, OWASP, HIPAA, GDPR, NY DFS, and many other industry standards, also audits the application’s sectoral compliance terms of security criteria.
Veracode also invites application development teams to implement a Security Champions program to deepen their secure code writing.
Security champions are selected or nominated developers within the development team who want to learn more about security. To be the security voice in teams that implement the Scrum method, they receive a higher level of security training than other developers. They are essentially information carriers between security professionals and developers. You can check out the details of the Safety Champions program here.
Code-by-code security in numbers
According to the findings in Veracode’s latest Software Security Status (SOSS) report, security scans through the API show that 50 percent of security flaws are reduced by six days. The faster you fix such security flaws, the faster cyber attacks targeting vulnerabilities can be fended off.
In the Software Security Report, which has been published regularly for 11 years, Veracode points out that automating security scans and integrating them into the code development process is among today’s most effective security practices. While the speed of applications entering the market gains momentum, ‘security based on code’ will become more critical.
For the 11th Software Security Report of Veracode published in collaboration with data scientists from Cyentia Institute, it reviewed around 130 thousand applications in security. As a result of this research pointed out various security flaws were 76 percent of the applications; flaws were the most critical in 24 percent of the applications. You can access the English search here.
Building the DevSecOps culture
The leader of the code security business, Veracode, provides a secure development environment (DevSecOps) for enterprises. Veracode offers a unified platform with cloud-based services that allow organizations to handle DevSecOps’ implementations and secure applications end to end.
Veracode technology, which has a high level of scalability, finds and corrects flaws that cause security vulnerabilities in developed software at any point in the development life cycle. Veracode offers various application security services and solutions with its simple and systematic approach to reduce risk in web, mobile, and third-party applications.
Known as the Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader since 2010, Veracode provides application security for hundreds of the world’s largest companies. Turkey’s experienced and leading brand in the IT services business, with its strong position in the market, BT Bilgi, is now ready to change the game rules with Veracode technology.