February 8, 2018

Integrating Continuous Testing for Improved Open Source Security

Preventing new security flaws is conceptually simple, and very aligned with your (hopefully) existing quality control. Because vulnerabilities are just security bugs, a good way to prevent them is to test for them as part of your automated test suite.

The key to successful prevention is inserting the vulnerability test into the right steps in the process, and deciding how strict to make it. Being overly restrictive early on may hinder productivity and create antagonism among your developers. On the flip side, testing too late can make fixing issues more costly, and being too lenient can eventually let vulnerabilities make it to production. It’s all about finding the right balance for your team and process.

Here are a few considerations on how to strike the right balance.

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