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Trend Micro and Snyk unveiled today a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform the two companies have jointly developed to identify vulnerabilities in open source code.
The Trend Micro Cloud One – Open Source Security by Snyk platform enables DevOps teams to both identify vulnerabilities and licensing issues to better monitor, prioritize and share information about risk and exposure rates within application development projects.
Trend Micro COO Kevin Simzer said the SaaS platform provides a unified approach that combines six services within a single subscription to enable organizations to better protect a software supply chain.
Snyk CTO Geva Solomonovich said that while the relationship between the two companies is not exclusive an alliance with Trend Micro will enable organizations to employ Snyk tools and the open source vulnerability database to implement a set of best DevSecOps practices within their organization.
Simzer said Trend Micro is also including automation tools that make it easier for cybersecurity teams, along with the rest of the IT organization, to discover what application development projects are underway with their organization. The goal is to provide cybersecurity teams and DevOps teams with a set of tools that provides them with a common language through which they can collaboratively address vulnerabilities.
Trend Micro claims approximately eight hours can be saved per vulnerability through automation and early discovery of the versions of open source code being employed. Roughly 80% of all application code in use today is derived from open source software, noted Trend Micro. That translates to saving more than 650 hours of development time per application, according to the company.
Snyk, meanwhile, claimed to have observed a 2.5x increase in the number of open source vulnerabilities it has discovered over the past three years. In the wake of some recent high-profile breaches the security of software supply chains has become a greater area of focus, with many organizations now implementing a more rigorous review of all the code they employ and any associated dependencies.
It’s still early days as far as adoption of DevSecOps best practices are concerned within most organizations. Responsibility for application security is clearly shifting further left toward developers. As part of that effort, cybersecurity teams are trying to adjust their processes in a way that enables them to vet the efforts of developers without slowing down the rate at which applications are developed. That’s becoming more challenging as the rate at which applications are being developed continues to increase.
The conundrum organizations are trying to navigate is that every minute a developer spends on security is, theoretically, one less minute they have to write applications or business logic. At the same time, however, if vulnerabilities are not addressed early in the development cycle, they may take longer and cost more to fix, especially if they are discovered after an application is deployed in a production environment.
Of course, there may come a day a when application security is just another set of steps to be performed within a quality assurance process. In the meantime, however, a lot more attention is being paid to application security today, in part, to make up for the many sins of the past.