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Application Security Testing From the Cloud

Veracode : 18 June, 2010  (New Product)
Software developers now have access to cloud-based SecurityReview from Veracode which delivers secure code verification testing as a service rather than relying on in-house software appliances
Veracode has unveiled a series of enhancements to its SecurityReview automated static binary and dynamic web application testing service that empowers developers with an easy-to-use, cloud-based approach to quickly improve software application security. Developers can now upload applications automatically and download line-of-code specific vulnerability identification and remediation instructions directly to defect tracking systems and integrated development environments (IDEs). Results are often 100 percent lower in false positives than alternative on-premise source code tools. By delivering the benefits of cloud-based static binary and dynamic web application testing to local development environments, Veracode makes accurate, reliable application security testing accessible to all developers, not just security experts.

Veracode understands that developers are increasingly asked to be responsible for delivering secure software on time and within budget, without being afforded the training or technologies to make it happen. In some cases, developers have been handed down expensive, complicated on-premise security tools with high false positive rates that require them to be security tool experts and waste precious cycles finding the real problems. Alternatively, they receive manual testing results reports from third-parties that are disconnected from their development processes. Veracode's pragmatic approach to cloud-based security testing and training, which is integrated into local development environments, enables developers to focus on writing secure code on time and within budget.

"By integrating cloud-based testing capabilities directly into tools that are part of a developer's everyday life, Veracode is really completing the 'last mile' needed to deliver the advantages of both static and dynamic cloud-based security testing into the on-premise development climate," said Nigel Stanley, practice leader, Bloor Research. "It's one of the few really useful examples of the cloud that I have seen and the potential is clear - more secure code for substantially less developer effort."

Veracode SecurityReview now features a number of new APIs and reference integrations that support security testing in popular Java, .Net, C/C++, ColdFusion and PHP development environments. Developers simply upload the executable (not source) or provide the URL to Veracode's cloud-based platform at points of their choosing in the development lifecycle for automated static binary and dynamic web application security testing. The step may be automated and scheduled in build management systems using SecurityReview's Upload APIs. Depending on the size and complexity of the application, developers quickly receive line-of-code specific vulnerability identification and remediation instructions that are often 100 percent lower in false positives than on-premise source code tools. These results may be integrated into defect tracking systems and IDEs using SecurityReview's Results APIs and XML formatted output.

With SecurityReview, the aggregation of security testing from thousands of applications produces a more effective security testing engine that can provide more coverage (dynamic, static, manual) and greater accuracy (continuously improving scans that instantly benefit the very next application tested, fewer false positives) than on-premise source code security testing tools. When combined with Veracode's patented static binary/ bytecode analysis of final executables rather than source, the potential for reaching far more applications - including third-party components and applications - compared to traditional source code tools is impressive.

"Until now, developers responsible for incorporating security testing into their development lifecycles have had two options - on-premise tools with high false positive rates, or manual third-party penetration testing that can be time consuming and costly," said Jon Stevenson, senior vice president of engineering, Veracode. "With this announcement, we are truly offering developers the best of all worlds - the integration advantages that on-premise tools have sometimes delivered plus the benefits of an expert security partner. Veracode is changing the game for software development, destroying the myth that improving the security of every application is prohibitively slow, complicated and expensive."

In addition to SecurityReview enhancements, Veracode is announcing the availability of new developer materials focused on achieving security testing best practices for Agile development including a whitepaper, "Agile Security: Successful Security Testing for Agile Development,".

With Agile's fast pace and lean concepts, Veracode acknowledges that many organizations simply consider testing for application security defects to be too costly in terms of time and resources. The reasons behind these beliefs include concerns related to the cost of deployment and training, and the inability for testing tools to fit into existing Agile development processes. The whitepaper addresses these concerns and describes methods that utilize Veracode's SecurityReview and methodologies for security testing that succeed in the Agile world.
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