DevSecOps: Reinforce Business Processes with Security and Speed
Gone are the days of tossing over a “full fat” release with a belief that it will work well in production. Today, it is about better collaboration between teams, short sprints, productivity, quick releases and stricter go-to-market windows. It is about being agile to fit the modern landscape.
That’s where DevOps comes into the picture. DevOps – is an extended agile approach to stimulate intense collaboration between development and operations team.
DevOps is a perfect fit for the organizations looking to reduce day-to-day vulnerabilities, bring speed and agility, and practice advanced software development lifecycle with utmost efficiency.
Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery – the key practice of DevOps has successfully changed the span of release cycle from years to weeks. However, Devops without adding a security layer at every stage of the SDLC, may dent the overall objective. This is where the DevSecOps approach was introduced.
DevSecOps is an integrated shared responsibility of every team to plugin security into each phase of the DevOps pipeline by automating codes and emphasizing on creating a robust and security governed software.
DevOps with the added dimension of ‘Security’ that came in practice to overcome the bottlenecks of conventional security methods decelerating the software delivery process. DevSecOps aims to embed security at every phase of the SDLC.
With DevOps, you have to move super-fast. There can be no 'manual' in that process. If you don't have automation, you'll never be successful.
— Chris Romeo - CEO, Principal Consultant, and Co-founder of Security Journey.
Integrating security controls and automating core security tasks is crucial to accelerate the overall DevOps workflow.
Understand how DevSecOps empowers businesses to be agile and achieve faster time to market.
According to Gartner, 40% more companies will start adopting DevSecOps and by 2022, 90% of software development projects will claim to be following its practices.
Key components of DevSecOps
Development operations and security are fundamentally entwined with DevSecOps. Combining well- developed application with secured system can help businesses achieve rapid-time-to market, security and agility. Let’s dive deeper into how DevSecOps can help embed security at each phase:
- Development Phase: Analyze code in small fragments so as to identify security gaps and quickly deliver them faster.
- Change Management phase: Improve speed and efficiency enables businesses to submit the changes faster for evaluation.
- Threat identification phase: Teams can identify potential emerging threats and stay responsive and cautious to its alterations.
- Security across CI/CD pipelines: Incorporate security aspect at every phase of CI/CD to develop a secured finished product.
Cultivate Best Practices for DevSecOps
Security aspect in DevSecOps is considered the panacea that brings speed, agility, and innovation to software powered businesses. The following practices should be kept in mind while implementing DevSecOps:
- Practice Secure Coding
During development phase, secure coding practices reduce development vulnerabilities and security risk of crucial information.
- Early Automation
Automated security tests throughout SDLC helps finding potential security issues in the code and looks for vulnerabilities in real time while the application runs.
- Build guardrails and don’t be gatekeepers
Every stakeholder involved in the DevOps process is a contributor. Make security as everyone’s responsibility.
- People Process and Technology
For a seamless workflow, an ideal combination of people, process and technology plays a vital role. ‘Security champions’ – people can get the DevSecOps right. ‘Consensus framework’ - the process strengthens the extent of security in development. While automation and configuration management, security as a code, and compliance scans – ‘the technology’ and reinforces the overall DevSecOps lifecycle.
Though DevSecOps is an antidote to many organizations. Barrier to its adoption still exists. The reason being - lack of awareness about DevSecOps, budget constraints, an unsolicited culture shift for employees and lack of clarity on how to approach.
Embrace ‘The DevSecOps culture’ with Cygnet
Developing a security aspect has been a gating factor for many businesses and has led them run on the chicken eggs lines to incorporate security within their businesses.
Leverage Cygnet’s DevOps connoisseurs to achieve better security, accelerate development, ramp up test cycles and deliver faster and quality builds. Explore more on how security aspects can turn tables favorably for your organization, talk to our experts at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +1-609-245-0971.
Drishya Nair is a content writer at Cygnet Infotech. She is a computer engineer turned writer who stumbled onto her love for researching, marketing and branding. She is passionate about lending her voice to providing insights on technology and critical business challenges. When not writing, you will find her at a local restaurant exploring different cuisines or chasing stray cats down the corner.View All Posts