Key Insights Into Gartner Report: How to Select DevSecOps Tools for Secure Software Delivery

With the advent of complex technology ecosystems like agile development processes, cloud-native platforms, and the rising use of open-source software, the importance of continuous Security and compliance has increased more than ever. 

As a result, leaders in the software industry must advise their teams to incorporate developer-friendly security tools into their DevSecOps pipelines.

Software engineering executives now have more authority over application security and a larger share of the security budget thanks to DevSecOps. To protect the delivered applications and the software delivery process, you must navigate complex tools and techniques.

Gartner recently conducted an in-depth analysis for secure software delivery, and Appknox was recommended as a notable vendor for DevSecOps Tools. 

Dive into this blog to uncover Gartner's key takeaways, which will help your business ensure its mobile application security tests are up to par.

Introduction to Gartner's 'How to Select DevSecOps Tools for Secure Software Delivery

Gartner's latest research highly emphasizes the vulnerability of software applications as one of the most common attack vectors. The development speed is improved using agile development techniques, cloud-native architectures, and open-source software. But it can also raise risks for Security and compliance.

To reduce these risks, software engineering teams must build Security directly into the SDLC using relevant application security tools oriented toward developers. This simplifies the process for developers and improves Security at the same time.

The research also highlights the rising frequency of software supply chain attacks. Such attacks have complicated software security issues as the new attack vectors have shifted to software delivery pipelines and the tools used to build and deploy software. 

It becomes just as important to protect the software delivery pipeline as it is to protect the software itself.

However, it is not that easy to keep software supply chains secure because they usually go beyond the boundaries of a single business entity. They often include a network of vendors, partners, and open-source ecosystems. Because of these threats, those in charge of software engineering must move Security to the left and into production.

This research helps people in software engineering choose the right DevSecOps tools to ensure that software is secure throughout the SDLC.

Key Findings and Recommendations from Gartner Research

Apart from highlighting the importance of maintaining compliance and Security throughout the SDLC, the Gartner report also highlights several other critical findings and recommends some security best practices to stay ahead of the existing threat landscape:

Key Findings

  • Throughout the SDLC, software engineering leaders are responsible for maintaining software security and compliance. As production settings become more secure and supply chain attacks on software increase, this task gets harder and harder.
  • Tool selection is challenging due to the abundance of options and overlaps in features between the tools available in the DevSecOps environment.
  • Software engineering teams frequently don't know where to start when choosing DevSecOps solutions.



  • Adopt a continuous approach to Security by defining security needs throughout the entire software development life cycle, including the software delivery pipeline.
  • Choose DevSecOps tools by matching security needs with tools that fit into development workflows and make things easier for developers. Just as important as how well the tool works is how easy it is to integrate and how well it works for developers.
  • Start by comparing an application's security features to those of its peers, and work to keep your DevSecOps toolchain debt from growing.

Importance of Defining Security Needs Across the Software Development Life Cycle

Leaders in software engineering must regard Security and compliance as an ongoing process rather than treating development and production as distinct security issues. Instead, they must adopt an ongoing security strategy that satisfies three different needs:

Build and Deliver Secure Software

Use solutions that effortlessly incorporate Security into developer workflows while maintaining a high level of developer experience. Software is "secure by default" thanks to this. 

At each stage of the SDLC (including planning, creating, verifying, pre-production, releasing, configuring, and running) they ought to use the right tools.

Protect Development and Production Environments from Attackers

Gartner suggests business leaders use security tools that decrease attack surfaces and address associated risks via ongoing risk analysis. The selection of the right tools at each and every stage of the DevSecOps ecosystem becomes really important while considering this effort.

Secure the Software Supply Chain

Protect the integrity of software delivery pipelines by ensuring provenance, visibility, and traceability; secure internal and external code dependencies; and control access to development and operational environments.

Mapping Security Requirements to Tools That Adapt to Development Workflows and Reduce Developer Friction

Software engineering executives must adopt integrated security and defense-in-depth methods for software development and delivery. This becomes even more critical if they want to take a continuous approach to Security. 

Moreover, automated security controls that are a part of development platforms benefit developers. In order to achieve full traceability between what is delivered, how it was made, and why it is required, secure software must be designed by default.

The seven stages of the SDLC are depicted in the picture below, along with the types of DevSecOps tools corresponding to each stage. 

To incorporate tools at each stage of the SDLC, software engineering leaders should work with security and risk teams and their colleagues in infrastructure and operations. They should use an integrated security approach that includes production, safeguarding software, and access to machines and environments.


Gartner Insights on Tools Currently Being Used in Development and Production to Secure Cloud-Native Applications

The majority of tech leaders are already employing the necessary tools and technology to integrate Security in their development and production environments, according to the findings of Gartner's 2021 Enabling Cloud-Native DevSecOps Study. 

According to the study, 75% of respondents utilize web application firewalls (WAFs), 69% use static application security testing (SAST) in development, and 60% employ application security monitoring in production. However, other methods are being employed during development, including API security testing (46%), infrastructure as code scanning (40%), and mobile application security testing (31%).

To improve their security posture, a sizable portion of respondents additionally employ cloud workload protection systems (22%), cloud security posture management (19%), and a sizable amount of dynamic application security testing (DAST) (29%) in the production environment.

Appknox Has Been Recognized as Gartner Notable Vendor In DevSecOps Tools for Secure Software Delivery

Gartner's latest research on the best "Security Platforms and Tools That Address the Needs of Different Phases of the DevOps Pipeline" lists Appknox as one of the best companies for mobile application security testing. Trusted by the best security teams at top global brands, Appknox helps mobile DevSecOps teams fill security automation gaps in their development pipelines that traditional SAST/DAST tools can't fix.

With Appknox, mobile DevSecOps teams can effortlessly integrate static, dynamic, and API security tests into their CI/CD pipelines. This simplifies the process of locating potential bugs before they become an issue – saving time for developers by automatically pinpointing vulnerabilities to ticket systems without having to use extra tools or screens.

Why is DevSecOps the Way Forward?

In essence, DevSecOps is the automation of security checks, which includes tests like static code analysis, malware scanners, vulnerability scanners, and other security-focused tests. Developers now have access to recent code rather than code written several weeks ago, thanks to the automatic checks added early in the process.

By fostering constant communication between the Security and Development teams, all members are entrusted with considerable responsibility for safeguarding their products. This proactive strategy ensures any potential security issues will be quickly identified and remedied internally instead of external assessment later - leading to improved quality assurance and heightened protection from threats.

Organizations should examine their toolchain and each tool's suitability for particular security responsibilities while transitioning to DevSecOps. While some businesses already have DevSecOps-ready tools, others may need to update or replace them. 

The most recent research from Gartner unquestionably offers some crucial insights into the whats and hows of choosing appropriate DevSecOps solutions and can assist your company in putting Security first from the beginning.


Published on May 25, 2023
Vaidyanath Balasubramanian
Vaidyanath is the Executive Director at Appknox with over 14 +years experience in applying digital Innovation strategies in large enterprises. Currently he helps Enterprises, Banks and Appknox customers to set up best in class security technologies into practice to reduce threats and stay updated with all necessary compliance.


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