Building in security testing as part of continuous integration is emerging as an essential requirement in today’s DevOps world.  Making this decision from the start enables those responsible for development and operations to make informed decisions about feature architecture, design, and implementation with full consideration given to necessary security requirements.

To do this, fluid communication between security and development teams becomes critical for effective application security.  Sharing actionable information, such as vulnerability CVSS score, reproduction steps, and remediation guidance enables developers to implement quick and effective patches.

However, it’s often difficult to get security and development on the same page for 3 main reasons:

  • Security Teams need to be able to merge vulnerabilities into the developers existing workflow and track remediation progress.
    • This is basically pointing to workflow. Developers don’t want to have to deal with any additional tooling in order to handle security vulnerabilities. They want a clean integration with their software development lifecycle so that fixing a security bug is just like fixing any other bug.
  • Security Teams need to help developers clearly understand the business risk of the vulnerabilities to justify remediation work.
    • This points to business prioritization and alignment. For example, if remediating something is going to be a fair amount of work for development, leadership will say, “Well, that’s going to take my team off of doing something else, which frankly I think is really important for the business.” It’s aligning on risk.
  • Security Teams need to help developers fix vulnerabilities to reduce risk fast and maintain code velocity.
    • Development staff and not generally security experts. Development teams need remediation guidance so that when the vulnerability is pushed over to them, they also receive as much information as possible about how to fix it, so they can fix it quickly and get to work.

A solid managed bug bounty program integrates vulnerability findings directly into the SDLC – typically with APIs and turn-key integrations, making it efficient for developers and engineering to see and fix vulnerabilities. Bugcrowd’s Jira integration automatically streamlines vulnerability data into the development workflow for faster remediation.

Check out our on-demand webinar for a discussion on Bugcrowd’s Jira Integration, which includes:

  • Enterprise support for multiple Jira instances
  • Delivering real-time updates across platforms
  • Syncing actionable data to facilitate an effective patch

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