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Is Traditional SAST Dead?

Shahar Man


January 10, 2024

In the fast-paced world of application security, it seems like Static Application Security Testing (SAST) might be showing its age. SAST tools, once touted as the guardians of secure coding practices, are now often seen as mere checkboxes that fail to deliver on their promises, leaving organizations grappling with outrageous false positive rates, exorbitant costs, and a sense of disillusionment.

With an aggressive 'shift left' movement, which involves transferring increasing responsibilities to already-busy development teams, the challenges associated with SAST have become even more painful.

The Dinosaurs

The trouble with traditional SAST tools is they're a bit like the old dinosaurs of the security landscape—large, slow-moving, and struggling to adapt to the changing environment. They were once the kings of the jungle, but now, in the age of agile development and cloud everything, they seem a little out of place.

The outrageous false positive rates are like having a smoke detector that goes off every time you cook—sure, it's doing its job, but it's not exactly helpful when you need it to be.

Then there's the issue of implementation. Traditional SAST tools can be like those kitchen gadgets that promise to make your life easier but end up collecting dust. It's like buying a high-tech blender and realizing you need a degree in rocket science to make a smoothie.

The new kid on the block

But there's hope on the horizon in the form of new solutions (like Backslash), devoted to disrupting the “detection paradigm” focused the #1 pain - efficient prioritization. Think of them as modern tools that actually live up to the hype. With an AppSec holistic view, it integrates Software Composition Analysis (SCA) and plays nice with cloud development.

This isn't just about checking boxes—it's about understanding the entire security picture. Backslash helps teams see the forest for the trees, or in this case, the risks that truly matter. It's like having a personal assistant who knows exactly which emails you need to respond to urgently and which ones can wait.

So, is SAST on its last legs? Well, maybe it's time for a retirement party, or better yet, a makeover. It's not about saying goodbye to the old guard; it's about welcoming the new wave of smart AppSec solutions that understand the rhythm of modern development.


Unlike traditional SAST tools that have become mere checkboxes in the security to-do list, Backslash represents a paradigm shift in how we approach securing our digital landscapes.

Backslash doesn't just settle for static analysis; it pioneers a holistic approach by integrating signals from diverse sources. This comprehensive strategy, encompassing infrastructure, package reachability, VEX, and more, empowers organizations to cut through the noise and focus on risks that truly matter.

In action, Backslash demonstrates its prowess by minimizing vulnerabilities at an astonishing rate—unearthing a remarkable 100x fewer issues compared to traditional methods. 

See Backslash in action, and embrace a new era where the focus is on results, impact, and a resilient defense against evolving cyber threats.