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    As security threats become more commonplace, dev teams that rely on just one type of testing leave their applications vulnerable to attack. To be successful, teams must look beyond the most common testing methods. Two alternative methods, static application security testing (SAST) and dynamic application security testing (DAST) fill those security gaps. SAST is open box testing that scans a software application from the inside out before it is compiled or executed. In contrast, DAST testing simulates the actions of a malicious actor trying to break into your application from the outside.

    SAST vs. DAST: which should you use?

    Now that you know the main characteristics and objectives of SAST and DAST testing methodologies, let’s discuss which one is best suited to your application testing environment. Organizations should not choose one or the other, but instead, apply both methods to testing applications.

    SAST tests the application’s internal source code in early development phases to ensure developers follow the best security practices when writing code. In contrast, DAST testing begins in later development phases in a working application. It tests the application while it’s running to discover its susceptibility to the most common cyber threats.