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Top 5 Reasons Why Developers Use Klocwork for Software Security

- Perforce Software
Jul 25, 2022

Built for enterprise DevOps and DevSecOps, Klocwork is the preferred static analysis and SAST tool for keeping development velocity high while also enforcing Continuous Compliance for security and quality. Here, we share the top five reasons why developers choose Klocwork.

Why Security Is Essential for Software Development?

Security is essential for software development because hackers and cybercriminals are constantly seeking ways to turn vulnerabilities to their advantage. A key part of a strong software security defense is the use of secure coding standards, which are rules and guidelines used to prevent security vulnerabilities.

Used effectively, secure coding standards can detect, prevent, and eliminate vulnerabilities that could compromise security. An industry-standardized tool specifically a SAST tool can efficiently enforce standards to help ensure that your software is safeguarded against security vulnerabilities.

Top 5 Reasons Developers Use Klocwork for Security

While there are many reasons why developers ultimately choose Klocwork for security, below are the top five most cited reasons.

1. In-Depth Coverage

Klocwork provides in-depth coverage of the rules of the major coding standards for C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Python, and Kotlin. This includes secure coding standards and guidelines:

CERT

CWE

OWASP

DISA STIG

By using Klocwork to analyze their codebase, developers are able to more easily find software vulnerabilities and bugs.

In addition, Klocwork features a Secure Code Warrior integration, which enables developers to access secure coding training and other software security tools.

2. Suite of Desktop Tools Prioritize Security at Every Checkpoint

The Klocwork desktop is highly customizable and features a suite of tools that prioritize security at every development checkpoint, e.g., developer desktop, pre-commit testing, pre-merge testing, and post-merge reporting.

These tools enable developers to:

  • Find defects while writing code.
  • Check in cleaner code.
  • Define QA and security objectives and rule configurations.
  • Produce security reports.
  • Prioritize defects based on severity, location, and lifecycle.
  • Use Smart Rank to prioritize fixes based on defect likelihood, which when combined with issue severity, provides an overall vulnerability risk score.
  • Distinguish new issues from legacy code issues.

3. Differential Analysis

Differential Analysis is a form of "fast feedback" static analysis that uses system context data from previous analysis builds to analyze only the new and changed files. This type of analysis provides developers with the shortest possible analysis times for new and changed code while also maintaining the accuracy and detail of the analysis data. Instead of waiting for hours, developers get results in minutes or seconds, depending on how much the code has changed.

In Continuous Integration automation, Klocwork's Differential Analysis provides developers with results faster, so security checks can be run more often, such as on every commit.

4. Data Flow Analysis

The most difficult issues to find are challenging because most often data flows between functions and across file boundaries. Klocwork follows the data as it flows between methods, files, and modules to find vulnerabilities, such as the use of tainted or uninitialized data.

5. Custom Rule Creation

Klocwork Checker Studio is a GUI application that makes it easy for development teams to implement their own custom coding standards using its elegant KAST expression language. This enables developers to call out dangerous practices that are unique to their own codebases.

Ready to Use Klocwork for Security?

If you are ready to see for yourself how Klocwork can help you efficiently identify security vulnerabilities, register for a free seven-day trial.

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