Building a Strong & Secure SDLC

Security should be considered at the early stages of web application development. Hence why it is vital to integrate Netsparker's security scanning in your secure SDLC.

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Software and web application security is not something you can just tack onto the end of the software development life cycle (SDLC). Just as core functions cannot be added on at the end of the process without adding significant time to development and rewriting, not addressing security issues throughout the process can lead to the same kinds of delays.

After all, web application security must be a core concern -- according to the latest Verizon DBIR, more data breaches begin with a web application flaw than in any other way. If your business develops web applications for others or for own use, you need a tool that is ready to integrate with your development processes as soon as it gets started, in the early stages of the SDLC. You need Netsparker.

Why a Secure SDLC Matters

Web application security and vulnerability assessments are an important part of the security posture of any business. Whether you develop applications to use in-house or to sell to clients, application security must influence design and coding practices from the ground up.

The SDLC embraces every step of the software development process: planning, implementation, testing, documentation, deployment, and maintenance. Just as there are functionality requirements to consider and build throughout, there are also security practices that should infuse each design phase. Frameworks like the OWASP Software Assurance Maturity Model can provide a guide to identifying security requirements and taking those into account throughout the process. From threat modeling and risk analysis, to code review, to vulnerability scanning, to web penetration testing, taking software security into account at every stage, a secure software development life cycle lets you develop more secure products in less time and with lower development costs.

How Netsparker Supports Secure Application Development

More and more businesses are developing software using Agile processes or DevSecOps philosophies, achieving more frequent releases through automation and integration. The Netsparker web application security solution integrates with a wide range of security tools and DevOps tools right out of the box, making it easy to fit into your processes.

Netsparker is built for automated security testing and easy collaboration. For example, as part of DevSecOps processes, it can automatically:

  • Launch a web application scan whenever a new build is available or when there are new code commits
  • Once the security vulnerability scan is done, it interacts directly with popular DevOps collaboration platforms like Jira and GitHub and automatically opens tickets and assigns them to the responsible developer
  • When a fix is committed Netsparker scans the fix. If it is fixed it closes the issue. If it is not, it reassigns it back to the developer.

With Netsparker you can automate most of the back and forth that typically happens between QA and development teams during the development and testing phases of web applications.

Trustworthy Results Developers Can Rely On

And, with Netsparker, you can trust that all of the findings are true security vulnerabilities, and not false positives. Netsparker is the only application security testing tool with Proof-Based Scanning™ - it automatically exploits the identified vulnerabilities in a read-only and safe way, thus proving the findings.

When Netsparker exploits an identified vulnerability it also generates a proof of exploit, which allows the developers to better understand the vulnerability and also highlights the impact the exploited vulnerability can have on the vulnerable web application or web API. For example in case of a SQL Injection vulnerability, Netsparker extracts data about the database and the server by exploiting the vulnerability.

That way, the security team can trust that the findings are not false positives without spending days doing manual validation, and the development team can quickly identify and remediate exploitable flaws in their code.

Try Netsparker Today

Contact us today to being your free trial of Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner, and see for yourself how we can help you make security an integral part of your development cycle.

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."