Why You Need DAST in Your SDLC: Announcing the Netsparker White Paper

Zbigniew Banach - Thu, 18 Mar 2021 -

Dynamic testing is an indispensable part of any web application security program. At the same time, pressure is growing to integrate security testing into fast-paced development workflows. The new Netsparker white paper shows how you can build a modern dynamic application security testing (DAST) solution into your software development lifecycle – and why you should.

Why You Need DAST in Your SDLC: Announcing the Netsparker White Paper

Shifting security left, i.e. to earlier stages of the development pipeline, has become a practical necessity to avoid the costs and delays associated with late-stage security testing. If a critical vulnerability is only discovered during pre-release testing, the whole release has to be put on hold while the issue is verified, triaged, fixed, and retested – and that consumes time and money. At the end of the day, the earlier vulnerabilities are found, the cheaper they are to fix, so your application security tools need to come into play already during development. 

Despite lingering myths and misconceptions around the capabilities of DAST tools, early-stage application security testing is not restricted to source code analysis. A quality dynamic testing solution is a must-have in any serious web application security toolset to cover the entire real-life attack surface of every web application. Modern DAST can do this while also integrating into your existing software development workflows regardless of their maturity level, yielding measurable security improvements and unlocking benefits all across the organization.

Highlights from the white paper include:

  • Why traditional pre-release security testing is no longer enough for modern web application development
  • How modern DAST makes it possible to automate application security testing and integrate it into Agile software development lifecycles and DevOps workflows
  • Why shifting left with accurate dynamic testing is the only real-life approach to building scalable web application security and moving towards DevSecOps
  • Typical use cases for integrating Netsparker into the development pipeline at various maturity levels of the SDLC and security testing integration, complete with workflow diagrams

Read the full white paper: Why You Need DAST in Your SDLC

Zbigniew Banach

About the Author

Zbigniew Banach

Technical Content Writer at Netsparker. Drawing on his experience as an IT journalist and technical translator, he does his best to bring web security to a wider audience on the Netsparker blog and website.