LDRA, the leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, software code analysis, and test tools, announced integration with Microsoft Azure DevOps. LDRA’s integration with this cloud-hosted development and deployment solution helps small- and medium-sized organisations more efficiently deploy the ‘shift left’ strategy—a core principle of DevSecOps. Using this methodology, military and defence providers can build security best practices into the earliest stages of software development. The LDRA tool suite also allows Azure developers to easily share results with management at any stage of the process from any computer.

The LDRA tool suite adds testing to the Azure cloud pipeline to more efficiently assess an operation, a file or groups of operations/files while also helping  focus. The integration of LDRA tools to Azure’s existing testing tools improves software robustness, enhances security and delivers faster time to market. Security holes can be found and fixed much faster and earlier with this DevSecOps framework.

“Historically, only organization with large IT or engineering departments could leverage DevOps or even DevSecOps because of the servers and infrastructure required,” said Ian Hennell, Operations Director, LDRA. “With today’s more advance cloud services, much of this infrastructure is available online to any user. Our tool suite adds more structure to the Azure pipeline, letting developers more easily test and analyse software for security issues from as early as possible, revealing issues and mitigating risks, and easily sharing the required details to management.”

This new integration is especially beneficial for aviation and defence organisations whose security concerns caused them to be hesitant to work in the cloud. As the benefits of cloud-hosted development become more obvious, they have sought out development platforms that ensure their code is high quality, safe and secure. Using the LDRA tool suite with the Azure DevOps provides that additional assurance. They can execute the security tests more efficiently across one or many tasks in parallel.

LDRA/Azure integration is a model for integration in public clouds as well as private clouds. For instance, PlatformOne, a US government-focused model that enables build and development tools, works with the same infrastructure used in the Azure/LDRA. This allows developers working in government and secure sites to leverage the benefits of DevSecOps with the infrastructure they have.

“The need for rapid software integration while maintaining security is no longer just a good option to consider but truly essential, especially for military organisations where security is paramount,” Hennell added. “The LDRA/Azure integration brings development, security and operation together to improve efficiencies and automation from start to finish.”

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