Gartner Research

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

Published: 26 December 2018

ID: G00370366

Analyst(s): Ramon Krikken , Michael Isbitski

Summary

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

Table Of Contents

Comparison

Analysis

  • Creating Effective and Efficient AST Capabilities
    • Application Security Vulnerabilities by the Numbers
    • Application Security Testing Methods
    • AST-Related Tools and Methods
    • Example 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
  • Addressing Common Challenges With the AST Types
    • SAST Challenges
    • DAST Challenges
    • IAST Challenges
  • 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
    • AST for Malicious Code
    • AST in Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery

Guidance

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

The Details

  • Open-Source Software Hygiene
    • A Brief Primer on CVEs
    • Open-Source Licenses
    • SCA Differentiation

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