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How to Integrate Application Security Testing Into a Software Development Life Cycle

Published: 28 February 2017

ID: G00317333

Analyst(s): Ramon Krikken , Michael Isbitski


AST is a critical application security practice for development, testing and security staff. This assessment, aimed at technical professionals focused on application security, explains how to integrate AST for web applications, mobile applications and web APIs throughout the SDLC.

Table Of Contents



  • Creating Comprehensive AST Capabilities
    • Application Security Vulnerabilities by the Numbers
    • AST Methods
    • AST-Related Tools and Methods
    • AST Tools and Services
    • AST Deployment Types
    • Evaluating AST Vendors and Tools
  • Implementing the Three Phases of AST
    • AST During Development and Testing
    • AST During Prerelease Testing
    • AST in Production Environments
  • Integrating AST With Remediation
  • Adapting AST to Specific IT Scenarios
    • AST for Legacy Applications
    • AST for Outsourced Development and Off-the-Shelf Applications and Components
    • AST for Cloud and Externally Hosted Applications
    • AST for Modern Web Applications, Mobile Applications and Associated Web APIs
    • AST for the IoT and Operational Technology Architecture
    • Automated AST in Continuous Integration and Delivery ("Continuous AST")


  • Test In Depth All Critical and Exposed Applications — Regardless of Pedigree — at Least Once
  • Implement a Three-Phased AST Approach to Balance Security and Cost
  • Operationalize AST by Integrating With Security, Development and Operations Practices

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