Achieving Enterprise Performance with DevSecOps
What is DevSecOps?
To understand DevSecOps, we first need to know the concept of DevOps (Development/Operations). DevOps is a combination of tools, technologies, and practices to help organizations empower their agile manner to develop, deliver, and offer solid support for their applications and services, all at a high velocity.
The main objective of DevOps is to boost software developers’ capabilities to fulfill market needs and demands.
If any component hinders the velocity of bringing new products and services in the market, the DevOps model considers it an obstacle. But introducing products too fast can also pose potential risks such as vulnerability to malicious attacks, emergency fixes, and so on.
In the DevOps model, security teams focused on motoring, detection, and management of vulnerabilities while software developers looked after DevOps. But this approach quickly became outdated. Now, enterprises are more focused on speed, flexibility, and agility. This can be seen in their CD (Continuous Delivery) approach towards application development.
DevSecOps is like an enhanced approach to CD. In the DevSecOps culture, companies integrate security into every segment of DevOps methodology. It acts as a dominant software engineering culture of an enterprise, aiming to avoid potential risks without compromising with the speed and agility of launching new products and services. It helps organizations get rid of departmental silos and utilize agile and lean AST during early development- without slowing down the delivery cycle.
Why is DevSecOps important for Enterprises?
Enterprises need robust cloud computing platforms and flexible data and storage solutions. DevOps worked just fine for software developers, but it lacked in terms of security and compliance needed for software development.
In today’s date, hackers make use of advanced means to deploy cyber-attacks into enterprises. If these attacks are not identified early, companies might end up launching products with viruses, malware, and potential security-related risks.
That’s where DevSecOps- integration of DevOps and security comes in!
DevSecOps isn’t like your traditional software; rather it is integrated into every stage of the product's lifecycle. In this way, each team considers security as a crucial part of their job and becomes confident that their applications are more secure.
With DevSecOps, enterprises will make sure to do the following steps on a regular basis:
- Document and implement all security requirements
- Incorporate security into design workflows
- Keeping security in mind while writing a line of code
- Acknowledge security testing features during the test development and execution stage
- Consider security while making any changes to the system
In this way, DevSecOps is NOT just an isolated activity to be considered at the last stage of development, but rather a department-wide responsibility. It is introduced at the early stage of the application and software development process so that enterprises won’t face unfortunate security issues later and the IT team can achieve their objectives.
How DevSecOps works?
DevSecOps is the methodology of integrating security into the DevOps model and this is done by inculcating ‘Security as code’ culture. All of this is done whilst maintaining flexible, seamless collaboration between the development team, release engineers, and security team. DevSecOps is all about creating new practices for complicated software development lifecycles to make them more secure and agile.
The aim here is to bridge the old-school gaps between security and enterprise IT to ensure secure and fast delivery of code. Security and increased communication are evident during all phases of the products/services lifecycle.
In DevSecOps culture, ‘secure code’ and ‘speed of code delivery’- both these objectives are integrated into one seamless practice. Apart from this, other crucial security-related issues are handled as soon as they are recognized, NOT after they occur.
Benefits of DevSecOps
As security becomes an important part of enterprises’ application lifecycle, the DevSecOps offers myriads of advantages to the enterprises. Some of them are as follows:
DevSecOps’ goal can be achieved with the right technologies to integrate security into the software lifecycle. For this, there are different solutions aimed at transforming your processes, tools, and culture.
Today, application development is facing myriads of challenges like scalability, speed, and agility that somehow degrade security. Often, security is overlooked up until the end of the development stage. Many times, Application Security Testing (AST) is only employed during the final steps of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Such practices tend to make your workflows disruptive, costly, and inefficient. That’s where DevSecOps comes in!
DevSecOps culture requires robust tools to help enterprises deploy applications in a faster, reliable, and secure manner. CloudMatos provides services meticulously designed for DevSecOps to help enterprises manage their complex environments at scale, whilst maintaining seamless collaboration between teams.
CloudMatos will help you employ the above mentioned DevSecOps practices and solutions into your enterprise IT.