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Shift-Left Maturity Model

A guide for Organizations Looking to Improve their Security Posture

As organizations look to improve their security posture, a core strategy involves integrating security measures earlier in the software development lifecycle, aiming to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities before they can impact production. This strategy, commonly known as shift-left, is crucial for enhancing the delivery of secure code and preventing vulnerabilities.

The StackHawk Shift-Left Maturity Model

What is the Shift-Left Maturity Model

The Shift-Left Maturity Model is a framework that outlines the stages of how to secure code at the time it is written. It's a roadmap for an organization's Application Security program, ensuring fewer vulnerabilities get introduced and businesses meet their security goals.

Why is Shift-Left Maturity Important?

Recognizing the challenges organizations face in adapting to a shift-left philosophy, the Shift-Left Maturity Model was developed to provide a structured path to success. It aims to facilitate the transition of shifting left while enabling organizations to achieve secure software development efficiently.

Stage 1

Box Checking Basics

Organizations have no intention to shift left and resist the urge to transition to earlier security testing phases.

Stage 2

Shift-Left Curious

Organizations understand the benefits of testing early and bringing in developers, but yet they don't know where to start.

Stage 3

Shift-Left Committed

Organizations have streamlined testing processes and understand their tech stack, but need to engage engineering more effectively.

Stage 4

Continuously Secure

AppSec and developers share the ownership of application security and embody a shift-left philosophy.

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