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WhiteSource Announces Remediation-Centric Entry into the SAST Market

WhiteSource, the open source security leader, announces the launch of its SAST solution bolstered by two acquisitions

TEL AVIV AND BOSTON – February 15 – WhiteSource, a leader in software composition analysis (SCA), today announced the company’s expansion into custom code security following two recent acquisitions and the availability of its static application security testing (SAST) solution.

To accelerate the company’s SAST vision, WhiteSource completed two acquisitions: 

  • Xanitizer, a German-based company, has developed novel high-precision SAST detection technologies that are best known for their accuracy. 
  • DefenseCode, a Croatian-based company with customers in Europe and North America, which provides next-generation enterprise-grade SAST capabilities including fast scanning and support for multiple languages. 

Martin Eiszner, the CTO of SEC Consult, an Atos company, said: “We have been using DefenseCode’s SAST technologies for the past few years as part of our application security services portfolio to protect our customers from attack. The flexibility, ease of use, fast speed, and broad language support has helped us deliver our services efficiently across many hundreds of development environments.” 

Both Xanitizer and DefenseCode have been folded into WhiteSource’s new SAST engineering organization which is focused on creating industry-leading custom code vulnerability detection, prioritization, and automated remediation to enable developers to identify and fix even the most significant software risks with speed and ease. 

“Our goal with DefenseCode has always been to provide the best of breed SAST solution with actionable results and a very low level of noise,” said Leon Juranić, founder of DefenseCode and now a security consultant in R&D at WhiteSource. “We are excited to join WhiteSource and the team from Xanitizer to deliver a next-generation SAST offering built from the ground up for DevOps.”

The SAST market is ripe for disruption because most established SAST products were designed for an earlier era, when the typical software development life cycle stretched for months. Back then, there was enough time between release cycles for security teams and developers to parse through long lists of potential security flaws, sift out the false positives, and fix the real problems. In today’s fast-paced development environment, where the average release cycle in some organizations is less than a day, these SAST products are a poor fit. Many research studies have shown that large percentages of developers simply don’t use the application security tools that their security team provides; they choose speed over security.

WhiteSource’s SCA remediation-first approach has allowed developers to focus on creating great software instead of fixing security vulnerabilities. WhiteSource SCA natively and frictionlessly integrates with developers’ familiar coding environments (browsers, IDEs, and repositories) and automatically generates fix pull requests (PRs) for vulnerable open source libraries. Accompanying each pull request is a patented set of analytics that help developers ensure the recommended fix won’t break the existing code. Another patented feature, WhiteSource Prioritize, helps developers distinguish effective vulnerabilities — which are dangerous and must be fixed — from ineffective vulnerabilities — which are not dangerous and need not be fixed. Together, these features save up to 80% of time otherwise spent on fixing open source vulnerabilities. That’s why the most demanding software builders in the world, including 23% of the Fortune 100, rely on WhiteSource SCA.

This same remediation-first approach will be applied to the company’s next-generation SAST capabilities, including: 

  • Industry-leading accuracy of code flaw detection with very few false positives.
  • Fastest scanning with broad language support across 20+ languages.
  • The industry’s first automated remediation of custom code vulnerabilities which actually fixes security vulnerabilities as if the best developer on the team did so herself. 

Developers want to spend their time creating software, not fixing vulnerabilities. In a time where retaining top talent has been increasingly challenging, organizations benefit from a remediation-first approach that allows their teams to focus on the work they were hired to do. WhiteSource helps developers focus on what matters most – delivering great software. 

Learn more about the WhiteSource SAST solution here

About WhiteSource

WhiteSource helps organizations accelerate‌ the development of secure software ‌at‌ ‌scale‌. We provide automated tools that help bridge the security knowledge gap, integrating easily into the software development life cycle and going beyond detection with a remediation-first approach. WhiteSource is built on the most comprehensive vulnerability database in the industry, providing the widest coverage for threats and attack vectors. Our solution helps enterprises like Microsoft, IBM, Comcast, Philips, and many more reduce security risk and increase the productivity of their security and development teams. For more information, visit www.whitesourcesoftware.com.

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Contact Details: 

Jacqueline Hogue

Director of Corporate Communications

jacqueline.hogue@whitesourcesoftware.com

Meet The Author

Adam Murray

Adam Murray is a content writer at WhiteSource. He began his career in corporate communications and PR, in London and New York, before moving to Tel Aviv. He’s spent the last ten years working with tech companies like Amdocs, Gilat Satellite Systems, Allot Communications, and Sisense. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature. When he’s not spending time with his wife and son, he’s preoccupied with his beloved football team, Tottenham Hotspur.

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