Gartner Research

Approaches for Securing Application Development Environments and Artifacts

Published: 20 March 2018

ID: G00343645

Analyst(s): Michael Isbitski


Technical professionals responsible for security of development resources need to secure heterogeneous environments and technology stacks, as well as the secrets needed to instantiate them. This research covers approaches for securing common tools and artifacts in modern application development.

Table Of Contents


  • Code and Configuration
    • Structure Your Version Control and Repositories
    • Secure the VCS and Artifacts
    • Address the Problem of Unsecure Secrets Storage
    • Select a Secrets Management Capability
    • Control the Use of Unvetted Components and Public Repositories
  • Software and Tools
    • Define Development Assets With Infrastructure as Code
    • Secure and Audit Development IaC
    • Secure Developer Tools
    • Virtualize and Containerize to Improve Security
    • Secure Related SDLC Systems
  • Handle Test Data in Development Environments
  • Take a Measured Approach to Development Network Isolation
  • Monitor Development Tools and Workstations
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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  • Standardize Development Tooling and Secure Repositories
  • Monitor and Control Use of Public Cloud Repositories
  • Leverage Secrets Management Tools
  • Combine Techniques to Detect Malicious Code Creation or Inclusion
  • Embrace Infrastructure as Code for Development Assets
  • Have a Strategy in Place for Development Environments, and Avoid Splintered Efforts

The Details

  • Background on Version Control Systems
  • Inherent Security Issues With VCS and Repositories
    • Integrity and Authenticity Requires Both Hashing and Signing
    • Decentralization of VCS
    • Potential VCS SaaS Impacts
  • Emergence of Secrets Management
    • Variations on Secrets Management Capabilities
    • Securely Authenticating Into a Secrets Vault at Scale
  • Discovering Hard-Coded Secrets
  • Background on Infrastructure as Code
  • Distinguishing Vagrant From Terraform

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