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