Checkmarx makes its automated AST solution available to all DoD agencies

Checkmarx announced that it has been accepted into the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) “Iron Bank” repository and is now available through the U.S. Air Force Platform One application portal.

With this, Checkmarx furthers its commitment to supporting the public sector by making its automated application security testing (AST) solution available to all DoD agencies in the form of a hardened container, helping them to confidently build and release secure software while meeting the strict security and compliance requirements of the U.S. military.

A project of the U.S. Air Force designed to deliver the benefits of DevSecOps across the entire DoD, Platform One provides “Iron Bank,” a centralized artifacts repository, with a pre-approved collection of solutions that have undergone extensive auditing and approval steps to streamline Authority to Operate (ATO) processes.

Checkmarx’s hardened container instance was developed in coordination with the DoD and has achieved a Certificate to Field (CtF) from the USAF Platform One team. This enables all DoD agencies and developers to easily acquire and integrate the Checkmarx solution into their DevOps environments and automatically insert security into the entire SDLC, while also avoiding lengthy ATO timelines.

Notably, this expands Checkmarx’s long-standing partnership with the DoD, already supporting the U.S. Navy’s Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC PAC) division and the U.S. Air Force Business & Enterprise Systems Directorate (USAF BES), among other agencies, in their DevSecOps initiatives.

“As software becomes more complex, bringing with it a vast attack surface, the DoD has made it a priority to arm development teams with best-in-class solutions to build and deploy applications in a more secure manner,” said Nicolas Chaillan, Chief Software Officer and Co-Lead for the DoD Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative, U.S. Air Force.

“Checkmarx has been a valued partner to the USAF and DoD for years and this latest step in bringing a hardened version of their solution to Iron Bank and Platform One will be invaluable as we execute on our mission to shift to a DevSecOps model across our entire branch.”

Checkmarx offers automated solutions that simplify and speed up the process of security testing throughout software development. The company’s solutions integrate seamlessly with developer workflows and tools to quickly find and remediate vulnerabilities in both custom and open source code before software is released.

Public sector agencies that leverage Checkmarx are able to integrate enterprise-grade security testing into their DevOps environments, while meeting compliance requirements for FISMA, NIST, and STIG, among others, and decreasing time to ATO.

“The Iron Bank and Platform One synergy is a truly logical way of bringing the benefits of faster time-to-market and lower development costs to a complex enterprise like the DoD,” said Peter Archibald, Federal Systems Manager, Checkmarx.

“The genius and simplicity of this approach lies within the hardened containers. This is a significant evolution in how the DoD is innovating secure development, and we’re thrilled to be a part of the movement as we elevate their approach to modern DevOps and software resiliency.”

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