WITH TIME TO MARKET DRIVING THE ADOPTION OF CONTINUOUS INTEGRATION (CI) AND CONTINUOUS DELIVERY (CD), SECURITY HAS TO BE PRIORITISED BY APPLICATION OWNERS AND THEIR DEVELOPMENT TEAMS.
Discussions around DevOps are so vast, there have been a number of loosely related terms used to try and explain it, the more to-the-point being the collaboration between development and operations.
So what is DevSecOps?
Some refer to it as SecDevOps, while others call it Rugged DevOpsIt, however it’s most commonly referred to as DevSecOps.
It’s the integration of security practices within the DevOps process which involves creating a ‘Security as Code’ culture with flexible collaboration between release engineers and security teams. Like DevOps, it’s the focus of forming new solutions for complex software development processes within an agile framework.
Security threats should be taken seriously, and can almost be compared to that of trends, (in that they can be a challenge to keep up with). However the new approach to tackle these risks are also on the rise, with more forward-thinking technological and operational innovation in cybersecurity.
Practitioners of DevSecOps seek to work with developers at every stage in contrast to traditional security approaches, which often come along too late in the deployment process. By thinking like the enemy, they perform similar tactics, e.g. penetration testing to determine exploitable vulnerabilities.
Shifting to DevSecOps
You want an application security testing (AST) solution developers can use. Security can’t be built into the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) if developers can’t or won’t use the AST solution in place. Automating and integrating a solution into the CI/CD pipeline, and more chiefly, into the solutions already in use, makes building security into the DevOps process easier, limiting roadblocks along the way.
Incremental scans can assist in the shift to DevSecOps, as opposed to a full scan of a built application which can actually slow down the Software Development Life Cycle. This is especially the case if results of the scan are filled with false positives. Time, attention, and money are all costs to consider when fixing coding issues.
Any business seeking to develop and deploy software rapidly, mustn’t wait until the end of the Software Development Life Cycle to test code.
Truly understanding DevOps processes can be detrimental to the fast delivery of applications and services in a world where every business is considered a software business
Software is vital in almost every organisation. Taking out the time to first understand how DevOps processes currently work, and where security can be easily automated and integrated within those processes is important to the success of automating security testing within your organisation.
By keeping it simple and automating vulnerability reporting, the possibility of security being skipped by DevOps teams becomes impossible.
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