Why Aren’t More Teams Adopting It?
Last year, the prevalence of security vulnerabilities in software rose by a whopping 127%. That’s on top of the fact that large enterprises have been found to receive as many as 10,000 security alerts each day.
In this volatile climate, automated security testing seems like it would be the perfect enhancement for your Agile approach — and, in most cases, it is. However, there are three common misconceptions about automated security testing that prevent many teams from integrating it into their Agile models.
1. It’s no different than other testing methods.
In many traditional models, testing occurs at the end of the development cycle. This is great for catching vulnerabilities before the software goes live, but it’s bad because “test-last” design can lead to costly, time-consuming rework that can push your timelines.
Unfortunately, many development teams push off diverting from these test-last models because they believe an automated solution won’t function any differently. And they’re wrong. Automated security testing can be integrated into your Agile process from the get-go. This allows your team to test as they go, effectively accelerating time-to-market.
2. We don’t have the resources or bandwidth.
For the most part, automated security testing solutions eliminate the need for your team to manually perform test activities. However, your team still needs the skillsets and bandwidth to support the automation process through tasks like building validations, testing diagnoses, and automation design. This reality deters many Agile teams from implementing automation at all.
The truth is, by automating the time-intensive, manual portion of the testing process, you free up your in-house resources to handle more mission-critical phases of development, including supporting your automation model. Some development teams even tap outsourced partners to acquire the right mix of staffing to meet their security requirements and Agile goals.
3. It’s too expensive.
Automated security testing is like many business investments in that it requires setup time and ongoing maintenance. These investments can dissuade some ROI-hungry stakeholders from making the move to an automated testing model.
It’s true that developing and maintaining automated test scripts takes time and money, but these investments set you up to reap the benefits of automated security testing down the road, like improved efficiency, accelerated time-to-market, and reduced downtime.
Bottom line: you can no longer afford to relegate security testing to being performed via traditional manual methods. If you’re on the fence about automated security testing, the best way to gauge whether an investment is right for you is by identifying where your current processes are coming up short.
To support your assessment and evaluation process, download our white paper, 3 Reasons to Integrate Automated Security Testing into Agile Software Development.