Software development is a domain of the IT industry that has grown at a rapid pace during the last few years. The advent of new evolving technologies has fueled this growth as well. With such rapid growth, there are always chances of making mistakes. Testing plays an important role in maintaining the right balance between speed and quality.
There are different kinds of security and functionality testing involved with software development. Static application security testing is one of them. In this blog, we are going to cover all you need to know about SAST…
SAST is a widely used testing tool/methodology that is most often deployed with software development life cycles. It is basically an Application Security Tool that allows you to scan the application’s source, binary, or byte code. SAST falls under the white box testing category. Moreover, it helps you to address underlying security issues. Plus, it also comes in handy while determining the source of the known vulnerabilities.
The best thing about SAST is that it examines 100% of the codebase with an accurate analysis of the same. Also, this analysis is significantly faster than the human-performed manual code reviews. These tools give quality feedback to the developers. This eventually enhances the quality of the final product at the end of the development life cycle.
A static application security test can be carried out within most development environments. You just need to follow the six easy steps mentioned below:
The following are the key advantages of SAST:
SAST testing methodology primarily focuses on finding errors in the source code. Deploying this test approach right from the beginning ensures that the application is built architecturally secured. Also, it is way easier now to use IDE plugins and SAST deployment together. Furthermore, writing codes with this technique is quite easy.
There are quite a few other ways for error detection as well. But SAST gives you the pinpoint location and exact path where the problem exists. This eliminates the hassle of searching for the issues and makes them easy to fix.
SAST results do not depend on defining the test cases. All the analysis rules are automatically implemented in the codes. This allows you to catch every single existing vulnerability without any exceptions.
You need not wait until the code executes for applying the SAST testing method. Developers can implement the SAST methodology right from the start where the codes are written and formed. It will start functioning irrespective of the code execution.
It is amazingly easy to automate scanning with SAST. There is no GUI interaction required at the time of the text file scanning process. It is relatively quicker than DAST because there is no requirement for any kind of set-up.
So, these are the top 5 advantages of static application security testing.
Praveen is a seasoned IT Solutions Leader and Director at RSK Business Solutions, a technology-driven IT Consulting Company that specializes in Bespoke Software Development, Agile Consulting, Mobile App Development, Smart Sourcing, and much more. For the last 17 years, he has been delivering quality custom IT solutions that help businesses achieve their goals.