Traditional Security Testing vs. Automated Security Testing

Which Is Better for Agile Software Development?

Your software has never been more at risk. It’s been reported that the average enterprise receives 10,000 security alerts per day. Combine relentless enterprise security threats with last year’s record-breaking pervasiveness of software vulnerabilities, and it’s no wonder many organizations are revisiting their approaches to security testing and QA.

The Need for Automated Security Testing in Agile

Given the increased velocity of security threats, automated security testing is no longer a “nice to have” in your Agile environment — it’s a “must have.” In Agile, speed enables faster detection and correction of security threats, which means you need testing methods that can complement your team’s efficiency and agility — not put it in a box. And in many ways, traditional manual testing methods just don’t measure up.

Comparing Traditional Testing vs. Automated Testing


Traditional Automated
Because they often require manual work and are performed at the end of the development lifecycle, traditional methods have the potential to elongate your sprints and prevent your teams from focusing on new use cases or backlog tasks. By building automation into your security testing from the get-go, you can test as you deploy, ensuring you receive constant, incremental feedback so your sprints stay short and user-focused.

Phase of Lifecycle

Traditional Automated
Traditional testing is reactive. It is often relegated to the end of the development lifecycle, which forces your teams to backtrack to fix bugs and patch glitches after the entire piece of software has been completed. As a result, deadlines get pushed and projects go over budget. Automated testing arms your developers to be proactive. With automated tools, you can build tests before you even start development, allowing for rigorous testing and rapid deployment of code without sacrificing efficiency while simultaneously improving quality.


Traditional Automated
Traditional testing limits you in the sense that you can only perform as much testing as your staff can handle. This means tests will often have to be repeated across operating systems and applications, and you won’t be able to run many tests simultaneously. Automated testing expands your testing coverage and capabilities dramatically. Not only can you run multiple tests simultaneously, but you can also run more complex functional, non-functional and penetration tests. And you can focus manual testing on high-risk, high-value areas.


Traditional Automated
Traditional testing can be intensive for your team. It takes time, manhours, skill and concentration from your testers — and still, it isn’t fool-proof! What’s more, because your team is saddled with performing time-consuming test activities, they cannot take on new projects or progress existing ones to new phases of development. Automated testing enables you to maximize your in-house resources. It saves your team from repetitive test activities and costly rework and frees them up to focus on user-oriented production tasks.

In an age when software quality and development efficiency can’t take a backseat to security best practices, automated security testing is the perfect complement to Agile software development.

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