WHAT IS DEVSECOPS?

DevSecOps combines development, security, and operations. Its foundation is to be secure by design. It elevates security into the design phase, so it’s not an afterthought.

The reality of any software product is that it will have security vulnerabilities. By adopting DevSecOps, you’ll find them sooner and mitigate the risk inherent in development.

 

 

 

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BENEFITS OF DEVSECOPS

With DevSecOps in place as your framework, you can realize a host of benefits.

 

The core advantages are minimizing risk, eliminating errors, and preventing downtime.
The fundamental objective is to secure the application by bringing security and operations teams together.
This cooperation leads to even more benefits, including:

 

 

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DevSecOps Delivers an Environment of Security as Code.

 

By adopting DevSecOps, your organization has the potential to ensure a flexible and cohesive relationship between security experts and DevOps engineers. It’s just as much about the people that make up these teams as the tools, technology, and processes. Adopting this strategy within your organization ensures that security is the DNA of any application or project, delivering the security as code philosophy. As a result, this cooperation leads to even more benefits.

 

 

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Reducing the costs associted with development and security

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The ability to measure the effectiveness of security measures

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Increased delivery rate of code

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Quicker speed to recovery after a security incident

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Constant checks and notifications to the system from the onset

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Provision of an immutable infrastructure through automation, leading to an overall greater security posture

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Supporting transparency in operations

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Eliminating costly rework and delays by testing for security in the beginning, not at the end

DevSecOps makes security a priority in software development while supporting scalability and compliance.

CHALLENGES FACED IN THE ADOPTION OF DEVSECOPS

Cultural shifts must occur for DevSecOps to be successful, and security is often considered a bottleneck to speed-to-market.

 

To move the team in this direction, you’ll need to prime your culture to be secure by design. Additionally, you’ll need to improve on resources, skills, and talent gaps among your DevOps/SRE staff. Defining roles and responsibilities and working as cross-functional teams is imperative to DevSecOps success.

 


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Define roles and responsibilities


 

 

Other challenges exist with implementation. Here’s how to overcome any DevSecOps challenges.

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Cloud complexity with the use of multiple variations increases the infrastructure, but automation helps streamline this larger footprint.

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Compatibility issues can also be a concern when a mix of tools exists.

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Alert fatigue can occur with continuous monitoring when there are high volumes. Thus, you need to prioritize this risk with your tools to focus on the most important fixes.

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Balancing speed and security can be at odds, but DevSecOps allows you to have an agile, adaptable foundation to keep the equilibrium.

THE ROADMAP TO SUCCESS FOR DEVSECOPS

To establish a DevSecOps framework, follow these crucial steps.

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Early collaboration on security with discussion of threat models, functional vs. non-functional requirements, and security’s possible impact to design elements

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Development of a set of standard coding practices to ensure scanning tools find all possible issues

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Code scanning is automatic for identifying vulnerabilities, errors, or bugs

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Issuance of remediation to fix the code problems found

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Testing the product in an environment for functionality, including back-end, integrations, security tests, and APIs for pass or fail

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Continuous monitoring occurs after deployments with constant review to detect any threats