SD Elements – the industry’s first Balanced Development Automation platform – by Security Compass

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Company (that provides the nominated product / solution / service)Security Compass
Company size (employees)100 to 499
Type of solutionSoftware

In 3 bullets, summarize why this product or service is different from the competition and deserves recognition:

- No other application security solution offers a holistic and comprehensive approach to application security and compliance for DevOps environments. SD Elements not only helps teams build security and compliance into their applications and manage security requirements across the SDLC, but it creates an auditable record of all activities.

- Similar to how a GPS application knows where a driver is, and at the right moment provides instructions, SD Elements acts like a guide through every step of software development and delivers security and compliance instructions for each part of the work.

- SD Elements has CI/CD tool integrations, including integrations with ALMs such as Jenkins, Azure Pipelines, and XebiaLabs. These allow agile development teams to build application risk management and compliance into the DevOps process. The plugins automatically inform the CI/CD pipeline about a development project’s compliance with specific security and privacy controls.

Brief Overview

As application development teams are moving faster than ever to build applications, important security measures are often skipped. Instead, automated testing, including static analysis security testing (SAST), dynamic analysis security testing (DAST), and interactive application security testing (IAST) are relied upon. Used alone, these testing tools miss at least half of all known vulnerabilities. Security Compass’ SD Elements is the industry’s first Balanced Development Automation (BDA) platform that gives organizations a solution to prevent vulnerabilities by integrating security from the start.

Tools such as code scanners perform based on the assumption that code is executed predictably from start to finish; however, that does not always happen. They are also optimized for certain types of vulnerabilities, so they can’t find what they’re looking for in many cases. The result of these and other limitations is that code scanners, whether static or dynamic, produce a lot of false positives and false negatives. SD Elements is complementary to testing tools and can be used to bake threat modeling and security requirements management into the software development process, helping teams anticipate and eliminate potential threats and known vulnerabilities before the code is written.

SD Elements generates a set of security requirements to manage risk in homegrown applications or third-party software. The platform offers intuitive instructions on developing countermeasures, project tracking, and reporting. Because SD Elements is highly scalable and has an adaptive security architecture, it features ALM integrations which enable developers to work autonomously, without needing to learn a new tool.

The SD Elements platform eliminates the inefficiencies of PDFs or spreadsheets, overcomes the scarcity of talent through automation, and accelerates decision-making by aligning security and risk priorities with business needs. Moreover, it offers proven sample codes, just-in-time training, and test plans to aid development teams in building secure applications.