The Best Security Tools for DevSec Teams To Collaborate

In an evolving workplace with increased systems, intricacies and processes the need for effective AND efficient collaboration is critical. Organizations that operate independently, in silos and without cross-communication, are often finding themselves falling second to those that put communication and collaboration on the forefront. How might your team better share knowledge, skills, and even software to solve problems better, create more efficient code, and develop higher-quality products?

Here’s why these partnerships are essential and what software is available to make collaboration happen.

Why Developer and Security (DevSec) Teams Need To Collaborate?

Developers and security teams must collaborate to ensure that the software they are building is secure and meets security standards. Developers are responsible for creating and maintaining the code, while security teams identify and mitigate potential security risks. By working together, developers can incorporate security best practices into the design and development process. Security teams can offer guidance on how to address potential vulnerabilities. Collaboration between these teams also helps ensure that the final product is functional and secure, protecting the company and customers from potential security breaches.

It’s important to note that, despite this collaboration, the responsibility for lessening security risks still rests with the security team. However, security can be addressed earlier in the development process to help reduce risk later during production. Above all else, IT teams should apply security across the entire software development lifecycle (SDLC) to help mitigate the risk of a data breach.

What Are the Best Tools for DevSec Collaboration?

There are several security tools that developers and security teams can use to collaborate. Some of the most popular products include:

  • Security testing tools to scan the code and identify potential vulnerabilities, such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and other common web application attacks.
    Examples include QWASP ZAP, Nessus, and IBM AppScan.
  • Code review tools are used to review the code for potential security issues and best practices. Examples include CodeClimate, SonarQube, and Checkmarx.
  • Vulnerability management tools track, prioritize, and manage security vulnerabilities. Examples include Tenable, Rapid7, and Qualys.
  • Collaboration tools facilitate communication and collaboration between developers and security teams. Examples include Asana, Trello, and Slack.
  • Cloud security tools monitor, identify, and respond to security threats and vulnerabilities in cloud-based environments. Examples include AWS Security Hub, Azure Security Center, and GCP Security Command Center.

Different organizations have varying requirements and goals. That’s why they should devote time to evaluating a few options before picking the software that best fits the organization’s needs.

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