Sean Ryan

Audit the Security Posture of DevOps with HackerOne Code Security Audit

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Use Code Security Audit for DevOps

DevOps teams may care about security, but it is not their area of expertise and it is not a priority for their pipeline goals. Adding security into the DevOps process adds friction and is difficult to get right, often taking years of trial and error for the early movers. GitLab’s Global DevSecOps Survey found that while over half of security teams are shifting left, 43% of security pros feel “somewhat” or “very” unprepared for the future. 

Consider this common scenario: an application development team is under pressure to release a new version of a mobile consumer banking app to address poor user experience and customer churn. Security is important to the organization, so they run static code application security testing (SAST) scans, fix the issues they deem to be critical, perform internal peer code reviews, run through QA testing, stage the app, and finally release it into production. The mobile app is live, but how secure is it?

The IT Security team, which is not embedded in the software development lifecycle (SDLC), needs to be sure that the mobile app is not susceptible to account takeover, remote code injection, cross-site scripting, and more. The security team then runs a pentest to ensure compliance and security coverage, and includes the mobile app in its continuous bug bounty program to discover more elusive vulnerabilities. Meanwhile, the CISO who’s responsible for keeping mobile banking customers safe from cybercriminals is concerned about the high likelihood of critical vulnerabilities in the source code of the mobile app.

HackerOne Code Security Audit provide a means for the CISO in this scenario to address the concern about critical vulnerabilities by leveraging a community of vetted, expert code reviewers to report findings as soon as they are found in the HackerOne platform alongside results from associated pentest engagements. HackerOne’s Pentest as a Service (PTaaS) engagements support many assessment types, including web, mobile, AWS cloud, APIs, and external networks. The addition of Code Security Audit adds depth to security coverage by giving them the means to audit the security posture of DevOps practices. 

Identify Risks in Code with Expert Reviewers

Experienced, expert human code reviewers uncover critical vulnerabilities that SAST scans miss, avoid false positives, and understand the context in order to provide specific, situational guidance for remediation. 

An average of 37 medium to critical vulnerabilities are discovered in initial repository reviews by HackerOne’s code reviewers.

Some key capabilities include:

  • Breadth of Security - All common programming languages, frameworks, and platforms are supported.
  • Depth of Security - Reviewers apply a comprehensive approach, aided by a combination of HackerOne's homegrown automation engine and internal technical experts, which work to capture key data to fast-track  the review process and maximize reviewer time spent on the most important and high-risk areas of the code base.
  • Operational Efficiency - Reviewers can integrate into your team's existing code review processes and pipelines. Software integrations with CI/CD tools lead to faster and more effective remediation.
  • Verified Reviewers - Our exclusive community of over 600 background-checked , vetted engineers typically have 5+ years of application security and engineering management experience. We adhere to strict NDA and PIIA protections.

Secure Integrations and Controls

The Code Security Audit solution supports all major source control providers, both cloud and self-hosted, with integrations to GitHub, GitLab, Azure DevOps, Bitbucket, and others. The solution is managed with the same controls as any other CI/CD tools in use.  

Since source code review is a form of white box testing, we take access control and identity governance very seriously. As such, we provide granular access control, enforce least privilege access to code, provide full audit logs, and include single sign-on for developers and security teams.

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A Key Addition to the HackerOne Attack Resistance Platform 

HackerOne Pentest, along with the new Code Security Audit, is an integral capability of our Attack Resistance Platform. By unlocking the value of our community of security researchers to do reconnaissance and risk ranking on assets, along with both continuous and formalized security testing, you can help make meaningful gains in closing the security gaps in your attack surface. 

To learn more about HackerOne Code Security Audit reach out to us directly for more information.

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