Static Application Security Testing

Strengthen your application at its core – the source code. NetSPI methodically tests to identify application layer vulnerabilities and coding errors with static application security testing (SAST).


Inadequate code review work from other providers, unsuccessful internal solutions, and the reliance of automated scanners can generate incomplete findings and lead to security vulnerabilities.

Best practice calls for bringing in an independent third party with proven expertise in manual penetration testing to methodically review your SAST software code for any latent security issues before release. Many organizations mistakenly view security as a barrier to building easy-to-use software, citing cost and release delays. Development teams are typically focused on time-to-market and security often takes a back seat to secure coding practices. This applies equally to:

  • Software developed in-house
  • Software developed for you by others under contract
  • Software procured from a commercial provider


Our experts focus on identifying design flaws and implementation bugs, such as inappropriate sources of randomness for cryptographic key generation, weak or non-compliant authentication solutions, and syntactical or semantic language.

Our code review will validate the security of both your application design and pre-production environment. NetSPI performs an in-depth SAST review (visual inspection, assessment scans, etc.) followed by an aggressive manual penetration testing process to verify suspected vulnerabilities.


With Resolve, skilled NetSPI ethical hackers perform an application code review, supported by detailed information on the relevant source code. Resolve can work with APIs to import automated test results without the need to first import the results to a spreadsheet, then run macros against them. In addition, extensive checklists guide penetration testers in adding relevant manual test results. All findings are treated the same way by Resolve, which handles duplicate results and false positives, while normalizing rated severity levels (such as CVSS scores) reported by various tools. Resolve provides comprehensive and well-organized reporting while saving significant time.


Our SAST experts find security issues in application software from design decision to insecure code practices. Our first-rate consultants:

  • Are up-to-date on the latest application security issues and exploits
  • Have the most effective lab environment and tools available
  • Are highly-disciplined/expert code analysts and penetration testers who rigorously follow our proven methods and well-established procedures on each and every engagement
  • Tie their test findings to actionable recommendations that make practical sense for implementation in the context of the client’s overall requirements and stated business goals for the software
  • Deliver a consistent method, process, results and reporting across multiple testers over time

Additionally, NetSPI’s value includes:

  • A comprehensive coverage approach that provides senior-consulting oversight on every project, enabling your company to leverage the expertise of the entire team of specialists to give you world-class consulting without impacting your budget
  • NetSPI Resolve™ to automate vulnerability results, data aggregation, and reporting so our ethical hackers can focus on providing your organization 20% more vulnerabilities at a higher criticality than our competitors
  • Expert testing in reasonable time frame, and at a reasonable cost
  • Skilled, experienced manual ethical hackers
  • Mature, highly-disciplined, well-documented processes
  • A tester “playbook” containing the very latest attack methods, scripts, and techniques (our top-secret stuff)
  • A current-to-the-minute knowledge base
  • A broad set of commercial, open source, and proprietary tools
  • Detailed and actionable final remediation instruction and guidance

Finally, based on our SAST review and manual penetration testing work, we might also recommend that you hire us after release to test the software in its full production environment (i.e., on the actual production server, plugged into the network, and fully enabled for its real mission). This makes sure that any platform, operating system, middleware, networking or other issues that could be exploited by an attacker – with or without login credentials – will be brought forward to your security team sooner rather than later.

Check your code against our expertise

NetSPI has expertise in Java, C# / .NET, C, C++, PHP, Visual Basic 6.0, VB.NET, APEX, Ruby, Javascript, ASP, Perl, Android, Objective C, PL/SQL, HTML5, Python, and Groovy.


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