DevSecOps Tools to Integrate Security Into the SDLC
DevSecOps tools help to ensure security right from the get-go — all through a product’s lifecycle.
17:39 30 March 2022
DevSecOps tools help to ensure security right from the get-go — all through a product’s lifecycle. From planning and inception to development, through testing, staging, and deployment, even to retirement. They are fundamental in today’s tech world, taking a shift-left approach to product building. They allow companies to have not only more comprehensive management over their systems, risk, and security procedures but permitting them to launch better quality products.
What are DevSecOps tools?
DevSecOps security tools are used to automate security tasks and improve a company’s posture in this critical area. These tools are also employed for continuous monitoring and remediation of vulnerabilities. They can be used to detect threats in real-time, providing a better way of managing risks for the organization.
The most popular DevSecOps tool as of 2022 is the OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) which provides a comprehensive suite of web application security testing capabilities.
Types of DevSecOps tools used by organizations
The DevSecOps mindset is a holistic approach that incorporates security as a core part of the development process. The tools and techniques are designed to help developers identify and mitigate vulnerabilities earlier in the software development lifecycle.
There are many types of DevSecOps tools used, dozens really that can be employed, but at their heart, they can be broken up into 3 categories.
- Static Code Analysis Tools: These are tools that analyze code without running it. They can identify potential vulnerabilities from known attack patterns, coding errors, and other mistakes in the code.
- Dynamic Code Analysis Tools: These tools analyze code as it's running on a system or application. They perform more thorough checks than static analysis but may require access to an application's source code or compiled binary files.
- Static Binary Analysis Tools: These tools analyze compiled binary files to find vulnerabilities that might not be detected by
Within these subsections, we can find the following programs/tools.
Open source vulnerability scanning
Open source vulnerability scanning is a technique used to identify weaknesses in a system, network, or application. It's a way to find and fix security flaws before they can be exploited by hackers.
A scanner will crawl through the network looking for any open ports that are not closed properly, unpatched vulnerabilities in software and hardware devices, or any other form of vulnerability. The goal is to find out what needs to be fixed so that it does not pose a threat in the future.
There are many different types of open source vulnerability scanners available on the market today. Some examples include Nessus, QualysGuard, OpenVAS, and Nmap.
The most popular open-source scanner is Nessus because it is easy to use and free for personal use.
Static Application Security Testing
Static Application Security Testing (SAST) is a type of security testing that analyzes code without executing it.
Static Application Security Testing (SAST) is a type of security testing that analyzes code without executing it. This technique can be used to identify vulnerabilities before the application is deployed in production. SAST tools are designed to scan for common vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting, and Cross-Site Request Forgery.
This technique can be used to identify vulnerabilities before the application is deployed in production. SAST tools are designed to scan for common vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting, and Cross-Site Request Forgery.
Dynamic Application Security Testing
Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) is a technique for finding vulnerabilities in web applications. It is typically used in conjunction with other security testing techniques, such as Static Application Security Testing (SAST), Penetration Testing, and Fuzzing.
The goal of DAST is to identify vulnerabilities that may not be detected by other types of tests. As a result, DAST can help organizations find bugs that can be exploited by hackers and improve the security of their web applications.
Image Scanning tools
In DevSecOps, Image Scanning tools are used for analyzing images. They can identify the content of the images and find out if it is a threat or not — if they have malware or other landmines impeded into them.
Numerous security firms are using these tools to scan their clients’ websites for malware, phishing attacks, and other threats that might be present on them.
Infrastructure Automation Tools
Nowadays, there are different automation tools that can help IT teams boost their work without breaking a sweat, and make their jobs easier. These tools help them manage their risk, cut costs and improve efficiency.
Visualization tools and dashboards
DevSecOps visualization tools and dashboards are a great way for enterprises to monitor their security posture. They can be used by security teams to identify potential risks, threats, and vulnerabilities.
Some of the most popular DevSecOps visualization tools are:
1) HPE Haven OnDemand
2) Splunk Enterprise Security
3) IBM QRadar
Threat Modeling Tools
The DevSecOps Threat Modeling Tools are used to identify potential risks to an application or system, as well as possible vulnerabilities. They are also used by developers in order to find out what vulnerabilities exist in their code and how they can be fixed.
A threat modeling tool is used by developers and security experts who want to find out what the potential risks are before they deploy the application or system. They do this by singling out threats, their impacts, and ways of mitigating them before deployment.
DevSecOps alerting is a tool that monitors an environment and alerts users when something goes wrong. These tools provide information on how to fix the problem and also help developers identify vulnerabilities before they are exploited by attackers.
The introduction of these tools ensures that all stakeholders in an organization can work together to prevent software flaws from being exploited by hackers.
Which DevSecOps tool is right for you?
In DevSecOps it’s always better to err on the side of, well, overkill. It’s never too much. Most of these tools are automated and run in the background of an organization. And in most cases, they already come within a software suite. Nevertheless, when it comes to which ones you will need the most, it all comes down to your organization and the types of products it launches. Our best advice is to seek out professional help and analyze your needs before implementing any of these tools.