Secure code review is testing methodology to analyze source code and find security vulnerabilities that make your organization’s applications susceptible to attack.
Also known as Static Application Security Testing or SAST for short, these scans are performed on an application before the code is compiled.
SAST scans takes place very early in the software development life cycle (SDLC), It helps in identifying vulnerabilities in the initial stages of development and quickly resolve issues without breaking builds or passing on vulnerabilities to the final release of the application.
SAST scans gives a real-time feedback, helping to address issues before they pass the code to the next phase of the SDLC. This prevents security-related issues from being considered as an afterthought.
For an efficient static code analysis, at Selcouth we follow a simple 5 step procedure:
Finalize the tool. Selecting a static analysis tool that can not only perform code reviews of applications written in the programming languages compatible to your needs, but also comprehend the underlying framework used.
Create the scanning infrastructure, and deploy the tool. This step includes handling the licensing requirements, setting up access control and authorization, and procuring the resources required (e.g., servers and databases) to deploy the tool.
Customize the tool. Maturing the tool to fit the needs of an organization. For example, configuring it to reduce false positives or finding additional security vulnerabilities by writing new rules or updating existing ones. Integrating the tool into the build environment, creating dashboards and build custom reports.
Prioritize and onboard applications. Once the tool is ready, all your applications should be onboarded and scanned regularly, with application scans synced with release cycles, weekly / monthly builds, and so on
Analyze scan results. This is crucial as triaging the results of the scan is required to remove false positives. Once the set of issues is finalized, they are tracked and provided to the deployment teams for remediation.