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ZeroNorth Extends DevSecOps Orchestration Reach


ZeroNorth has extended its namesake software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for orchestrating DevSecOps toolchains to include integrations with Scout Suite, Aqua Trivy, Gitlab and BitBucket Server and the configuration management database (CMDB) from ServiceNow.

The company is also adding application portfolio reports to surface the security policies applied to each application, scan results and progress of remediation work and the ability to customize both alerts and vulnerability data compression parameters, such as rate of compression, name and type of vulnerabilities and libraries.

Finally, filtering and search tools that can be applied to vulnerability datasets have been added.

ZeroNorth makes it possible to centrally orchestrate and manage both commercial and open source application security scanning tools via a SaaS application platform.

Christian J. van den Branden, senior vice president of engineering and product management, said that as DevSecOps processes continue to evolve and mature, most application development teams will employ multiple scanning tools because not every tool discovers every vulnerability. This defense-in-depth approach to vulnerability scanning requires an orchestration tool to integrated multiple scanning tools within a DevOps pipeline, he said.

That orchestration tool also makes it easier for DevOps teams to prioritize vulnerabilities based on their severity discovered by various static application security testing (SAST) and dynamic application security testing (DAST) tools, noted van den Branden. Tools from vendors such as Qualys, Snyk, Palo Alto Networks, Synopsys and WhiteSource are supported across multiple DevOps platforms.

In general, van den Branden said a “perfect storm” of security issues is forming in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations are rushing to build and deploy digital business applications that will appeal to end users who increasingly are working from home using largely unsecured networks. Cybercriminals are looking to both compromise applications as they are developed in addition to targeting end users with weak credentials that could be employed to inject malware into applications after they are deployed in a production environment, he said.

Most IT organizations will clearly need to up their application security game, given the sensitive nature of the digital business processes that need to be protected, he added.

Ideally, DevOps and cybersecurity teams will meld their workflows to achieve that goal. In many cases, however, DevOps teams will simply extend their existing pipelines to address security issues of their own accord as part of an effort to reduce the number of remediation issues they might need to allocate time to remediate after an application has been deployed in a production environment. That becomes easier to accomplish using a SaaS-based platform to orchestrate DevSecOps processes and pipelines, noted van den Branden.

Regardless of how IT organizations improve application security time is of the essence. More applications than ever are being deployed across an extended enterprise that now stretches from public clouds to multiple classes of edge computing platforms. Defending that attack surface relying on legacy tools and processes is all but impossible if the code deployed on those platforms is fundamentally insecure.

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