Static application testing is a frequently used application security tool that scans the source, binary or byte code of an application.
It is a white-box testing tool that identifies the root cause of vulnerabilities and helps to eliminate basic security flaws. Static testing solutions analyse an application from the inside out and do not need a running system to perform the scan.
Static testing reduces security risks in applications by providing developers with immediate feedback on issues introduced into the code during development. It helps educate developers about security as they work and gives them real-time access to recommendations and line-by-line code navigation, enabling faster vulnerability discovery and joint auditing. This allows developers to produce more code that is less susceptible to compromise, leading to a more secure application.