Building software that is resilient to supply chain attacks (includes link to download cheat sheet)

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We are in the midst of many generations who have grown up building things with Lego blocks.

Guess what! the software is also put together in pieces. You don’t have to write any piece of code yourself. You can also mix your code with open source code and deliver finished applications much faster. Organizations that develop software are adopting automated DevOps and CI / CD pipeline solutions to accelerate development and testing to deployment.

Developers and their managers are excited about the increased productivity and the ability to deliver more in less time. However, security experts agree that the software supply chain and code vulnerabilities have become the most critical aspects contributing to business risk.

A common problem for DevOps teams is that adding security to the mix introduces too much friction into the development process. Many developers have administrator-level access to the infrastructure and often find ways to bypass security. Not because they’re malicious, but because they want their code to work perfectly. They fully intend to come back to resolve any security issues once everything is working perfectly. The reality is that this rarely happens and application security ends up taking a back seat to rapid deployment.

Developers, AppSec, and IT Ops teams without a unified application security strategy face the following issues:

  • They recognize that the way code is written has changed dramatically to include open source code and externally developed code that resides in multiple git repositories, spread both inside and outside the company.
  • It is increasingly difficult to monitor and track who has access to your code, where it resides, and whether it has been cloned somewhere.
  • As the underlying infrastructure virtualizes, its configuration is also represented in code, making the infrastructure vulnerable to code-related attacks.

We’ve prepared a handy Software Supply Chain Security Cheat Sheet (available for download below) for developers and security practitioners to take quick action to secure their software supply chain. Recommended steps include:

1.restrict access to code repositories with two-factor authentication (2FA)

2.secure developer / code environments with updated configuration

3. Automate the analysis of security threats and vulnerabilities in the code of internal and external repositories and take actions to mitigate them

Click on the thumbnail above to download the BluBracket Supply Chain Security checklist

Security experts and DevOps agree that to prevent application security from slowing down CI / CD pipelines, security must be built into all stages of the DevOps process. This gave birth to the discipline of DevSecOps, where security is built in and ideally serves as a bridge between the other two functions.

Commonly accepted application security solutions like SAST, DAST, and even open source tools offer one-time protection, but they don’t fill all security gaps. In addition, open source tools can generate a very large number of alerts which also include false positives. This can make repair virtually impossible.

The key to providing developers with more power and control to ensure their code remains secure is to embrace industry-leading, risk-based application security solutions that can analyze large volumes of code in repositories that will include not only the latest version, but the complete code history.

For more information on how BluBracket can help secure your code environment, please visit BluBracket.com.

*** This is a Syndicated Security Bloggers Network blog by BluBracket: Code security and amp; Secret detection written by blubracket. Read the original post on: https://blubracket.com/building-software-that-is-resilient-to-supply-chain-attacks/


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