January 11, 2017

Effective Application Security Testing in DevOps Pipelines

Before considering what it means to have application security testing integrated into the DevOps Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline, it is worth asking why it is valuable to integrate application security testing into these pipelines in the first place.  A fundamental tenet of DevOps and the reason for having CI/CD pipelines for software builds is to allow teams to have up-to-the-minute feedback on the status of their development efforts so that they know if a build is ready to push to production. This involves testing quality, performance and other characteristics of the system. And it should include security as well.

By integrating security into the CI/CD pipeline, security vulnerabilities are found quickly and reported to developers in the tools they’re already using. 

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