Software integrity company Coverity has commissioned a “Software Integrity Risk Report,” from Forrester Consulting. This surveyed 336 software development influencers in North America and Europe on current practices and market trends for managing software quality, security and safety.
The study uncovered the significant adoption of third party code and the impact of that code on business priorities.
The study highlighted the gaps between testing internally developed code and third party software:
The research also highlights skewed risk–to-responsibility culture forming in development:
In nearly one out of every two cases, the buyer side is held 100% responsible for quality and security issues in third-party code, compared to one in every ten cases where the third party supplier is held 100% accountable.
The study confirms that developers are taking additional responsibility. More than 74 % of respondents state developers are held more accountable for Q&A and security goals than a year ago.
“The Software Integrity Risk Report data is very telling of drivers for change in software code accountability,” says Dave Peterson, chief marketing officer at Coverity. “Today’s development teams are in a real pinch. Developers are 100% accountable for the outcome of their software, yet cannot control the software supplied by third parties.
This has lead to strong demand from customers seeking control and governance over the entire software supply chain.”