DevOps and Application Security

Use devops security tools in your environment to identify vulnerabilities & security flaws in the early stages of development of your web applications, and ensure they never make it to the live environment.

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DevOps is a development methodology that enables businesses to release software updates much more quickly. It is often the development process of choice for web applications, and is used by many big players including Facebook and Google. What makes DevOps different than the traditional SDLC environment many are familiar with?

In a DevOps environment the operations and development teams are not siloed off from each other, they are brought closer together. In an efficient DevOps environment, the operations of building, testing and deploying applications is all automated, creating a more efficient software development life cycle (SDLC). DevOps is such a good methodology that it continues to make headway among enterprises that develop software; according to analytics firm Forrester, over 50% of such organizations have begun to implement DevOps.

If your business is adopting or considering implementing DevOps , you need a full range of DevOps tools that not only facilitate developing great software, but also ensure that the software is secure from the start. If your business is developing web applications, you need a tool that can automatically identify security flaws in web applications while they are still being developed, and that can also interact directly with the issue tracking system to automatically alert developers and check their fixes.

You need Netsparker Enterprise.

Incorporating Security In DevOps

Adopting the DevOps mindset does not just apply to creating and releasing applications. DevOps is a beginning - DevSecOps goes deeper. The mindset of collaboration and iteration is a natural fit for not only the development of applications, but also for securing them.

Collaboration and frequent, automated testing lie at the heart of DevOps -- and also at the heart of a strong appsec programs. Including security testing and remediation throughout your SDLC ensures that security is baked into web applications from the ground up. It leads to more secure software and enhanced client trust.

How Netsparker Supports DevSecOps

DevSecOps gives teams the opportunity to embed a full range of application security testing in the SDLC, including dynamic testing (DAST), penetration testing, and threat model creation. When considering what tools to use for dynamic vulnerability scanning, you need a tool that is adaptable and accurate. The Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner not only gives you best-in-class accuracy in results, but it also offers a host of features that make it easy to weave into the SDLC and support the core DevSecOps value of collaboration between teams.

Scan Any Type of Web Application & Web API

Netsparker can scan any type of modern and custom built web application and web service, regardless of the platform and technology they are built with. Unlike static source code analysis tools (SAST) it does not depend on the language used - it attacks the target like a hacker would. Netsparker uses a Chrome based crawling engine so it can crawl and understand the simplest php application, and also the most complex and modern HTML5 and Single Page Applications (SPA).

Automated Scanning, Vulnerability Triaging & Remedy Checks

Continuous delivery requires continuous automation, and that is where Netsparker web application security solution excels. Once you tightly integrate it in your DevOps environment to create a secure DevOps, Netsparker can automatically:

  • Scan new commits from developers,
  • Report the identified vulnerabilities directly in the bug tracking system such as Github and Jira and assigns it to the developer who committed the code,
  • Scan the fix once the developer commits it and depending on the result it either closes the issue, or if it is not fixed it reassigns it.

With such high level of automation in your DevOps environment, and access to real time data on the security risks of your web assets, you create a closed-loop web application security solution. This means that security vulnerabilities are identified and addressed as early as possible, and none of which make it to the live environment.

The Importance of Accurate Security Scan Reports

Of course, ease of use and integration would mean nothing without trustworthy web security scan results. The Netsparker web application security solution has the best-in-class accuracy: it was the only scanner in the latest independant web vulnerability scanner comparisons (WAVSEP DAST Benchmark) to identify every vulnerability without reporting any false positives. It is important to note that the benchmark tested for a range of real-world web application security issues, including those listed in the OWASP Top Ten list of most critical web security flaws.

To ensure no false positives are reported, Netsparker uses its exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™ to automatically exploit the identified vulnerabilities in a safe and read only matter. Upon successfully exploiting the vulnerability it also generate a proof of exploit, which includes the exploited data.

With such data in hand it is easy to highlight the impact the exploited vulnerability can have on the vulnerable web application and also reduce human errors from the DevSecOps environment. Also, this technology helps the security team save days of manual validation and helps the development team identify and fix vulnerable source code more quickly.

Importing and Interoperability

With collaboration and automation so central to the DevSecOps philosophy, the security tools you choose should be able to work seamlessly with each other.

Netsparker has worked with the developers of multiple commercial and open source tools to design interoperability features, so it can fit seamlessly into your business's SDLC from day one. Netsparker currently inter-operates with Brinqa Cybersecurity Risk Management, Dradis Framework, Kenna Security Vulnerability and Risk Intelligence, LunarLine Vulnerability Scan Converter, Metasploit, and Threadfix Vulnerability Manager.

It also has built-in compatibility with multiple Continuous Integration Systems that DevOps teams commonly use, including Bamboo, Jenkins, TeamCity and TFS.

Netsparker can also import session data from popular application security testing tools including Burp Suite, Fiddler, and Paros, as well as lists of raw HTTP requests, thus helping those who go a step further during their manual analysis stage of the web penetration testing.

With all of these interoperability features, Netsparker will be ready to fit into your development environment and strengthen your web application security from day one.

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Weave software security into every stage of the SDLC: experience Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner today. Contact us to begin your 15-day free trial, and see for yourself why it is an indispensable DevOps security tool.

What our customers are saying

"I had the opportunity to compare external expertise reports with Netsparker ones. Netsparker was better, finding more breaches. It’s a very good product for me."
"As opposed to other web application scanners, Netsparker is very easy to use. An out of the box installation can detect more vulnerabilities than any other scanner."
"We chose Netsparker because it is more tailored to web application security and has features that allow the university to augment its web application security needs."

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