Put Your Open Source Security Nightmares to Rest

What keeps a security architect or CISO up at night?

  • Uncertainty about developer open source security?
  • Night terrors regarding what open source vulnerabilities were introduced the day prior?
  • Lack of communication between DevOps and the security team?

Actually, all of the above.

Open source security vulnerabilities are everywhere

Open source is the undisputed king of software development. As of 2019, 96% of all applications contain open software components. Even more telling, the percentage of open source code found within applications is rising fast – from an average of 37% of code to 57% in one year alone.

Unfortunately, the ubiquity of open source code makes nearly any application ripe for exploitation by nefarious actors. And the threat that such vulnerabilities pose to developer security is increasing every year. In fact, in 2019 open source vulnerabilities skyrocketed 130% over the year prior.

Old-School DevOps security is obsolete

Mediocre DevOps security ­c­ontinues to lead to major security failures throughout society. From local government database breaches to the hacking of proprietary data from business servers, open source vulnerabilities impact organizations large and small.

In 2017, Equifax learned this the hard way – allowing hackers access to 143 million records. What happened? Equifax made a simple mistake. It didn’t use automated software composition analysis (SCA), which allowed a Java security vulnerability in Apache Struts to be exploited. Total cost of this security debacle… $1.4 Billion. (That’s a lot of zeros!)

DevSecOps is the ultimate security blanket

At best, DevOps security lapses cost companies time and money. But that’s not all. On a personal level, overlooking a simple vulnerability due to lackadaisical developer security costs professionals their careers. (Gulp!) Fortunately, today it’s simple to transition from old-fashioned DevOps security to a more holistic DevSecOps approach.

Picture traditional DevOps security as two pieces of string laid one after the other. One string represents Development and Operations. The second string is security. This is how traditional DevOps works. Security works on a project asynchronously from DevOps. It’s a linear process. It takes time to go through the process – one string after the other. When open source security vulnerabilities are exposed, the team goes back to the start of string one to fix them.

By contrast, DevSecOps is more like a rope made out of the same two strings – DevOps and Security. Instead of laying the two strings out in a row, DevSecOps weaves them together. What a company winds up with is a shorter, more powerful system. DevSecOps synchronizes DevOps with security into a single process. Vulnerabilities are found in near real-time, allowing them to be identified and corrected in the development phase.

Not all DevSecOps solutions are equal

When there is a problem to solve, there is a new market to sell to. Given that DevSecOps technology sales are experiencing a 28.85% compound annual growth rate, it’s no wonder an assortment of security solutions are popping up.

The best DevSecOps packages provide three synchronous features.

1. Integration

Software, such as Sync Open Source, integrates DevSecOps directly into a development team’s IDE and other productivity tools. All potential vulnerabilities can be logged and acted upon by security architects as they occur – in real-time.

2. Automation

Automated DevSecOps allows development teams to continue working without needing to stop and run manual security checks of their code. Automation not only saves development time. It allows coders to stay in a flow state, which according to world-renowned psychologist, Csikszentmihalyi, increases worker happiness and productivity.

3. Continuity

Continuous monitoring is crucial to the success of DevSecOps. Once a system is integrated and automated, it will constantly surveil all changes. It monitors all open source updates, and flags potential vulnerabilities introduced via third-party integrations in real time. That’s right ­– even Git pulls.

Optimal Security Is Full Stack and Affordable

Snyk offers a full stack suite of tools to help security architects and CISOs sleep well at night. Beyond Snyk Open Source Security Management, they offer tools for container security (e.g., Kubernetes), infrastructure-as-code security, and all types of coding broadly. Snyk even helps organizations juggle the myriad open source licensing requirements.

Beyond being affordable – starting with “free” – Snyk is one of the most comprehensive DevSecOps packages on the market. Its cutting-edge open source security benefits: 

  • Seamless IDE and Gate Checks: Snyk continually scans vulnerabilities in real time, using the most popular IDEs. That lets developers create new code, not go back and fix embedded vulnerabilities.
  • Automated SCA (including native Git scanning): Manual SCA is prone to errors – just ask Equifax. Snyk automates everything – even scanning Git pulls before they’re pulled.
  • Non-Stop Analysis of Vulnerabilities: Snyk’s Intel Vulnerabilities Database offers up to 25 days of advanced warning over the best public databases and identified 92% of NVD-known JavaScript vulnerabilities – first.

State-of-the-art security meets pristine user experience

Sure, Snyk catches vulnerabilities, but it offers developers something even better – a second-to-none user experience (UX). Because Snyk’s applications are integrated into the everyday workflow, they remain invisible until a vulnerability presents itself. This allows developers to focus on what they do best – coding.

Testimonial quotes are nice, but everyone knows they’re cherry-picked. The real proof is in the proverbial pudding – or in the case of DevSecOps, in the quality and size of a user base. Snyk is used by more than 1.5 million developers working at many of the world’s most renowned tech companies. That’s a lot of cherries to pick from…

When Google, Intuit, Salesforce, and MongoDB trust Snyk to protect their teams… It’s probably time to join the club and sleep soundly at night again.

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