The Secure SDLC

More and more organizations are ditching the traditional sequential processes (i.e – Waterfall) for iterative development methodologies. This commonly involves Agile and DevOps methods, which are based on continuous delivery of software based on customer feedback. But traditional AppSec solutions are not ideal for these setups due to their inherited deficiencies. This is where Static Code Analysis (SCA) enters the picture.

The modern Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) typically involves 6 stages:

  • Analysis – Establishing a high-level gameplan for the development process.
  • Design – Preparing the software design as per the requirements.
  • Coding – This is where the magic happensand developers write the code.
  • Testing – Introduction of various QA procedures and security testing.
  • Deployment – At this stage, the application is released and used by the customer.
  • Maintenance – Elimination of reported bugs/vulnerabilities with patches/updates.

While traditional AppSec solutions (i.e – DAST) enter the picture in the latter stages of the SDLC (Just before deployment or after the full code has been built and compiled), Static Code Analysis (SCA) can be integrated into the development process for early vulnerable remediation (During coding). Furthermore, leading SCA solutions have the option of providing in-depth analysis on the scan results. These results can also be exported for off-line discussions and planning, something that helps in creating a secure SDLC (sSDLC).

Leading SCA solutions are easy to integrate into the development environment as they are compatible with a wide range of frameworks and can scan multiple coding languages.