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DevSecOps Security Metrics: Use Your Code Repository to Start a Virtuous Cycle

Published: 28 January 2019

ID: G00368366

Analyst(s): Mark Horvath

Summary

Using vulnerabilities is a crude measurement for code security and is ineffective in directing a development team. Specific, tactical information measured over time and at a developer level offers security and risk management leaders clearer, more actionable insights into improving code security.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Establish a Discipline of Code Ownership by Signing and Time Stamping Code When It’s Checked In
  • Direct Security Training and Coaching Efforts by Matching Information About Code Ownership With Data From Application Security Testing Tools
  • Build a Longer-Term Code Security Strategy and Inform Technical Debt Decisions by Analyzing Information About Active and Inactive Areas of Code Development
  • Use Code Ownership Information to Improve Security Incident Responses

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