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What Drives A Developer To Use Security Tools -- Or Not
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Erik Klein
Erik Klein,
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9/24/2015 | 12:58:29 PM
What if the developer didn't need to USE a tool?
This article reports on the factors that influence a software developer to proactively stop the process of developing software, perform a context-switch, and execute a security tool ... steps that do not contribute to the functional deliverables of the SDLC.

Of course there would be pushback ... unless the developer is compensated for secure code.

But what if accurate application security vulnerabilities could be identified before code check-in without any of the steps mentioned above?  What if the applciation security vulnerabilities were identified simply from the FUNCTIONAL development and usage of the system?

As a former developer (and current AppSec tooling guy), I am always looking for ways to invisibly inject security into the SDLC ... ways that do NOT require a new line item in a project plan, an extra step in the coding / development process, or a self-imposed "wait state" in order to get application security results ... and, ideally, to have appication security vulnerabilities identified continuously and in real-time as an invisible and natural by-product of the process of building and testing software in an SDLC without regard for "Security Testing".

I have found that passive IAST products are capable of achieving this goal and not only enabling developers to identify and fix their vulnerabilities before the code leaves their desktop, but actually proactively reaching out to them to show the exact line of code that is vulnerable ... ALL WITHOUT A SCAN or extra step ... all in real-time from performing the very act that all developers do before checking in code ... FUNCTIONAL sanity/smoke testing.

Contrast Security provides such a solution.
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