Chapter 1

Chapter 1: Why Security-as-Code

Companies are shipping code faster using agile methodology. This increased speed is good for engineering teams & companies but unsustainable for Security teams.

Why Security-as-Code?

Every major company, regardless of industry, is now in the software business. To remain competitive, companies are shipping code faster and faster using agile methodologies.

While this increased development speed is excellent for engineering teams and profitable for companies, it’s unsustainable for Security teams.

We live in a world where 84% of software exploits happen at the application layer. Yet we rely on vintage security techniques at the network layer to protect enterprise applications and the millions of users that use them.

Whether your organization uses a WAF, RASP, or a combination of SAST, DAST, or IAST, the only reliable approach to address these vulnerabilities is to patch the codebase.

Still, we make assumptions about risk in the form of heuristics that require a significant amount of manual investigation. In today’s fast-paced world, where enterprises deploy code multiple times a day, Security teams must keep pace with each deployment where each code change can introduce new and previously patched vulnerabilities.

Three factors make this increased speed unsustainable for Security teams:

  1. Fixing vulnerabilities is manual
  2. Existing tooling adds noise rather than value
  3. Code changes lead to vulnerability regressions

Security-as-Code aims to fix these issues and enable Security to scale with modern software development.


The Beginner's Guide to Security-as-Code

These four chapters are all you need to build a strong foundation of Security-as-Code knowledge & wave goodbye to false positives & regressions. If you want to dig deeper, some chapters have links to more advanced learning materials.

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