Code Vaccination: A Health Checkup for Your Applications

by

Another day, another major IT company announcing a security vulnerability in its software.

Yesterday came news that Adobe has joined the perpetual parade of IT companies unveiling potential security breaches when it announced that a zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player was being exploited or could be exploited to take control or crash a system. From the frequency with which breaches are making news - their reports are becoming as frequent as the common cold in wintertime - one would think companies need to throw all of their resources into their build and customization processes to identify areas of risk that lead to these security vulnerabilities.

But while application security and security of all IT assets is critical to a business, it’s just one facet of the overall health of an application. When looking at an application’s overall health and vulnerability, it is vital not to look just at security, but also at the following factors:

  • Transferability - how easily a new team or team member can be productive when assigned to work on the application
  • Changeability - how easily and quickly an application can be modified
  • Robustness - the ability of an application to be changed without risk of failures or defects
  • Performance - performance issues of an application based on architectural designs and the appropriate risks in production
  • Maintainability - the cost and difficulty/ease to maintain an application in the future.

These five characteristics are every bit as important as security to the internal health of an application. As such, they need to be addressed and maintained just as diligently to insure the internal health of application software because the external quality – namely the functionality and user experience – is dependent upon the internal quality of an application. By conducting pre-production analysis and measurement of these five characteristics in addition to security, companies are able to attain an overall view of an application’s health and identify areas of risk that could jeopardize future health of the application.

Only through the measurement of application development using all of the above application health factors can you get a true assessment of your application’s health and determine where issues lie. And identifying where the issues lie is the first step applying the vaccine that will prevent future health issues that could be critically damaging to mission-critical applications for businesses.

The CAST Application Intelligence Platform automates the measurement of such factors providing immediate visibility into the quality of work being produced by application development teams to ensure higher quality throughout the life of an application. More information about the CAST Application Intelligence Platform is available here.

Get the Pulse Newsletter  Sign up for the latest Software Intelligence news Subscribe Now <>
Open source is part of almost every software capability we use today. At the  very least libraries, frameworks or databases that get used in mission critical  IT systems. In some cases entire systems being build on top of open source  foundations. Since we have been benchmarking IT software for years, we thought  we would set our sights on some of the most commonly used open source software  (OSS) projects. Software Intelligence Report <> Papers
In our 29-criteria evaluation of the static application security testing (SAST)  market, we identified the 10 most significant vendors — CAST, CA Veracode,  Checkmarx, IBM, Micro Focus, Parasoft, Rogue Wave Software, SiteLock,  SonarSource, and Synopsys — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This  report shows how each measures up and helps security professionals make the  right choice. Forrester Wave: Static Application Security Testing, Q4 2017  Analyst Paper
This study by CAST reveals potential reasons for poor software quality that  puts businesses at risk, including clashes with management and little  understanding of system architecture. What Motivates Today’s Top Performing  Developers Survey
Jonathan Bloom Writer, Blogger & PR Consultant
Jonathan is an experienced writer with over 20 years writing about the Technology industry. Jon has written more than 750 journal and magazine articles, blogs and other materials that have been published throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has expertise in a wide range of subjects within the IT industry including software development, enterprise software, mobile, database, security, BI, SaaS/Cloud, Health Care IT and Sustainable Technology. In his free time, Jon enjoys attending sporting events, cooking, studying American history and listening to Bruce Springsteen music.
Load more reviews
Thank you for the review! Your review must be approved first
Rating
New code

You've already submitted a review for this item

|