What does it mean to ‘shift left’?
Not the literal definition - I think we all know that by now (but just in case you’re not sure, “shifting left” is the process of integrating security practices early in the software development lifecycle and we have a great blog here that tells you everything you need to know!).
But what does it actually mean to shift left? What does it mean to you as a developer and how would it impact your day and your process for shipping, testing, and delivering secure code?
Like a lot of phrases that get turned into buzzwords, over time they unfortunately lose some of their meaning, their oomph, their pizazz. That’s why it’s good to remember that there’s a really important concept embedded in the buzz term, “shift left” , which is to be proactive.
Shifting left is about taking a more proactive, and scalable approach to security. It’s about breaking down silos (another buzz term that’s worth reflecting on) and bridging the gap between security and development teams - opening up those lines of communication with the understanding that security is a shared responsibility.
This is why StackHawk was created. For us it’s not a buzzword, it’s our purpose and why we wake up and KaKaww! in the morning.
And that’s why we get super excited when we have partners, like Atlassian, that share our vision and work with us to improve team collaboration, increase visibility into security issues, and better enable organizations to shift left.
Announcing Security in Jira
Announced earlier this year and now generally available to all Jira Software Cloud users, Security in Jira helps Jira Software users collaborate on security at every stage of the development lifecycle. StackHawk is honored to be one of the few, select technology vendors to integrate with Security in Jira at this early stage.
"We’re thrilled to partner with StackHawk to surface their DAST and API security testing directly in Jira Software where developers plan and prioritize their work.", says Jeff Richards, Product Partnerships Lead at Atlassian.
Now available on the Atlassian Marketplace, the StackHawk app for Security in Jira gives development teams the ability to view vulnerability data from StackHawk within the new Security Tab in Jira. Users have the ability to create and link Jira issues making it even easier to triage and prioritize vulnerabilities as part of their existing development workflows, such as sprint planning. Additionally, StackHawk provides vulnerability context directly in the issue, giving a comprehensive view of the information needed to address the security concern.
To learn more about Security for Jira or to download the StackHawk Security for Jira app, please visit the Atlassian Marketplace here.
To learn more about how StackHawk helps developers run and automate security testing as part of their traditional software testing workflows, sign up for a free, two-week trial here!