Organizations in nearly every industry are feeling pressure to deliver value faster, get to market ahead of the competition, and continuously improve their customer experience. For software applications built and deployed today, it is all about velocity and automation. This is good for innovation but often leads to inconsistencies, vulnerabilities and problems with upgrades and code review.

Agile development has brought many advances: faster iteration and software that quickly aligns with business needs.  As continuous deployment gains traction, maintaining a code base that can be checked throughout its lifecycle continues to be problematic for developers and security teams. Securing the continuous environment is a very different challenge that requires a mindset shift on every level.

Companies are focused on developing products and applications that drive revenue, yet limited security resources put all of this at risk. It’s unrealistic to think an under-resourced security team will be able to detect all the holes in new software, especially at today’s pace of innovation. Meanwhile, development teams are incentivized to push out products as quickly as possible –  security often becomes a low priority issue.

This isn’t the fault of developers. It’s the fault of an unbalanced, old-fashioned security model. Integrating crowdsourced security into your software development lifecycle (SDLC) is an efficient, scalable approach to this challenge.

Crowdsourced security provides access to thousands of independent security researchers. These skilled good-faith hackers bring a variety of skills to identify and report high-priority vulnerabilities to your team faster.

Bug bounty and vulnerability disclosure programs bring organizations the continuous coverage necessary in today’s modern SDLC environment. A crowdsourced security program can even be time-matched with the development lifecycle of the target application.

Through crowdsourced security you gain the peace of mind afforded by continuously testing of your app, and since only valid bugs are rewarded, the results are cost-effective.

To learn more about continuous application security and integrated crowdsourced security into your SDLC, download our latest guide for Crowdsourcing Your Way to Better Application Security.

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Fluid communication between security and development teams becomes critical for good application security.  A key requirement for success is that your security solution integrates vulnerability data directly into developers’ day-to-day workflow. Bugcrowd’s Jira integration automatically streamlines vulnerability data into the development workflow for faster remediation.

Join Bugcrowd on Wednesday, August 29 at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT for a live webinar and platform demo on Bugcrowd’s Jira integration to streamline application security.