DevSecOps: When DevOps meets Security

 

What is DevSecOps?

DevSecOps is the philosophy of integrating security practices within the DevOps process. Similar to DevOps, DevSecOps seeks to achieve greater efficiency and productivity through team collaboration, but the DevSecOps approach incorporates security principles. 

DevSecOps exemplifies the need to invite security teams to construct information security into DevOps projects from the inception of a project, and promotes setting up a safety automation plan. With security remaining stringent throughout the development pipeline, organizations moving quickly can have a higher level of confidence that security is upheld through the lifecycle. 

 

What are the benefits?

The benefits of DevSecOps are simple: Enhanced automation and security throughout the software delivery pipeline eliminates mistakes and reduces the vector of attacks and downtime. While DevOps applications have stormed ahead in terms of speed, scale and functionality, they are often lacking in robust security and compliance. For this reason, DevSecOps was introduced into the software development lifecycle to bring development, operations and security together under one umbrella.

DevSecOps has grown quicker than anticipated in light of data breaches becoming more common. Many companies have faced criticism for not building protective measures around private data. Most recently, Capital One has been in the spotlight for a breach that affected over 100 million of their customers. Another instance that reflects an inefficient security strategy is the massive data breach of Marriott and Quora. Security and compliance is crucial in this day and age and DevSecOps is taking a large step towards ensuring that your companies’ data is safe. 

What tools are out there?

One of DevSecOps objectives is to construct safety testing into your method of growth. New instruments can be used to accomplish and automate it throughout the lifecycle of growth. Here are some of the tools available: 

    Cloud infrastructure best practices –  3-tier infrastructure. This pattern divides the infrastructure into 3 separate layers: one public and 2 private layers. The idea is that the public layer acts as a shield to the private layers.

    Automate security tests – You can now create and run automated security tests just like you would unit tests or integration tests.

    Code Analysis – Tools such as Veracode can scan your code to find potential vulnerabilities in your own code and open source libraries.

    Runtime application security – Tools like Contrast Security run within your application in production and can help identify and prevent security issues in real time.


How Can I Implement DevSecOps?

DevSecOps has a focus on cooperation, automation, and safety building as you go. Finding the right partner to help you adopt these values is the first step towards putting this concept into practice. This is not a culture that can be implemented instantly, like DevOps itself, but will involve with gradual adjustments as different best practices are implemented within your current framework and organization..

 

Making It Work

When it comes to taking full advantage of what DevSecOps has to offer, you need to start off with building trust. You need to listen and understand what challenges are felt from your development team. Some helpful questions to guide your process would include.. What is DevOps trying to accomplish? What is the big picture here? Why are they using this specific tooling? What kind of scale are they gaining from this? 

 

At the end of the day, failed attempts to add security into the DevOps process can be summed up to a paramount lack of trust from the members of the development team. That being said, you need a team that is experienced in creating and implementing a strategy that works for your specific business and mission. 


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