Application security used to be an afterthought until a few years ago, but the exponential rise in cybercrime and malicious activity has made organizations pay more attention to this crucial aspect. This realization has also brought up a widespread discussion about the pros and cons of the various AppSec solutions that are on offer today.
While Penetration (Pen) Testing, Interactive Application Security Testing (IAST) and Web Application Firewalls (WAF) are widely recognized security methodologies, they are typically used as processes to compliment the two most popular solutions in use today – Static Application Security Testing (SAST) and Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST).
SAST vs DAST will be discussed around 5 parameters in this article:
- Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Integration.
- Continuous Integration Continuous Deployment (CICD) Implementation.
- Vulnerability Coverage and Effectiveness.
- Mitigation/Remediation Performance.
- Return of Investment (ROI).
Is SAST (White Box testing) truly effective in detecting today’s commonly found application-layer vulnerabilities? Or is DAST (Black Box testing) the better option for organizations? SAST vs DAST