Any organization developing or commissioning software can benefit from an application security code review. Software development is a highly complex and error prone process which necessitates review and revision.

An application security code review ensures that common or complex vulnerabilities do not find their way into a software’s code base and that your developers are following best practices to produce secure, maintainable software. A second set of eyes can be invaluable to ensuring best practices are followed and that company data is not put at risk.

Vancord’s team of highly skilled developers employ a combination of automated analysis tools with expert manual review to evaluate software projects for vulnerabilities or issues that may impact business operations. Our engineers are familiar with a wide range of languages covering basic scripting all the way to low-level assembly.

Code Review vs. Penetration Testing

Code review and single application penetration testing will produce similar results but they arrive there in very different ways. The access to the underlying code allows our analysts to quickly focus in on areas of interest, evaluate issues, and identify the underlying causes. This highly focused analysis also improves the specificity of deliverables, highlighting the precise file and line number where your developers may need to make improvements.

Where penetration testing can be like looking for needles in a haystack, a code review is the magnet to extract them quickly.

Who Should Consider Code Review?

If you develop software inhouse, have contracted with a software development firm, or deploy open source software you should consider application security code review. If these tools are publicly exposed and/or will be used by end users or third parties, they could present risk to the organization or other user’s data. Performing an application code review will add confidence that software is correct and secure against attack.

What Code Review Provides


  • Immediate notification of critical vulnerabilities that may affect production deployments
  • Detailed reports of vulnerabilities
    • How it was discovered (blackbox, with source, combination, etc.)
    • Options for mitigation
    • Root cause analysis (including file and line number)
  • Recommendations for general improvements to software development to increase overall security.


  • Confidence that applications are secure and best practices are followed
  • Prioritize your development and bug fixes
  • Meet compliance requirements

What Our Clients Are Saying

CIO - Wesleyan University

Dave Baird

“Vancord understands the unique aspects of a higher-education institution, which made them a perfect partner for us.”

CISO – Wesleyan University & Trinity College

Joe Bazeley

“Vancord helped us uncover vulnerabilities in our system, protecting us from a breach that could have been very damaging to our institution.”

President - Curry College

Ken Quigley

“Vancord exhibited outstanding professionalism and commitment throughout the project, keeping us secure during this crucial time for connectivity.”

CIO - CPCS Public Counselors of Massachusetts

Daniel Saroff

“You want Vancord in the fox hole with you if you ever have a breach or other security incident. Vancord’s support and availability throughout the entire response were phenomenal and its follow-up activities to ensure we were incident resilient going forward allows me to sleep well at night.”