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Application Testing Nirvana Demands Continuous Concurrency


WhiteHat Security recently released Sentinel Source, a Static Application Security Testing (SAST) solution built for "continuous concurrent" assessment of source code development. The product tracks vulnerabilities in real-time to assess sites and web apps in both production and pre-production.

The "Problem" with Internet Growth

WhiteHat suggests that the "problem" (or "issue" at the very least) with rapid growth across the Web is that companies quickly add more functionality to online applications and unwittingly create more attack surfaces for hackers. Consequently, developers could now carry increasingly greater responsibility to protect an organization from data loss.

Sentinel Source tests web applications during development, returning code remediation data to address security issues. Code assessments may be queried as soon as new pieces of code are uploaded and on-premise scanning is designed to preserve the integrity of intellectual property by performing all assessments without the compiled source code leaving internal networks.

This is a SaaS-based solution that reports via a dashboard with what WhiteHat confirms is no false-positives, as all code assessments are verified through the firm's Threat Research Center for exploitability.

"Recent events have shown web applications are the new front-line of businesses and that developers now play a key role in not only growing the business, but protecting it as well," said Jerry Hoff, vice president, static code analysis division, WhiteHat Security.

Sentinel Source's proprietary scanning engine identifies code vulnerabilities before Agile developers have moved past them, preventing (in theory) downstream flaws that leave an organization open for attack. All vulnerability information is then available through WhiteHat Sentinel's web UI for remediation.

Sentinel Source includes Sentinel Baseline Edition (BE) to ensure all applications continue to be assessed after going live.


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