DevSecOps – Integrating Security with Development
The rapid development and deployment of software in today’s businesses have brought to the fore the pertinence of security. Any lapse in security may not just lead to data breaches and attacks by hackers, but also has a bearing on a company’s sales and business reputation.
In order to cope up with the customer demands for new features and quicker updates, organizations are adopting DevOps strategies. However, security is taking a backseat with legacy security approaches being the order of the day. This has proved to be a hindrance in delivering code securely.
Companies are gradually realizing the inefficacy of security reviews towards the end of the production cycle compared to having them right from the design phase itself in the discovery of security-related issues.
DevSecOps to the Rescue
While DevOps has undoubtedly accelerated the development process significantly, DevOps teams will require to relate the security information and intelligence to the code in order to enable the right decision-making and innovation.
Through automation and risk management, DevOps has simplified the development process. This needs to be complemented with the right tools and strategies that can reduce the security risk through identification of bugs and vulnerabilities, and their resolution in real-time. This evolution of DevOps approach can be termed DevSecOps.
DevSecOps eliminates the legacy security process in software development while ensuring that all DevOps benefits pertaining to development, deployment and faster delivery of new features to the customer are retained.
Breaking Down Silos
The traditional silo mindset between the development and operations teams that characterized the initial stages of DevOps is again being replicated in the DevSecOps approach. This necessitates the development of an organizational culture that is centered towards the integration of security with DevOps.
Security and DevOps teams need to work in coordination in order to achieve the objective of DevSecOps. By working together right from the initial stage, the security team can understand the intricacies of the application while the DevOps team can become conversant with good security practices.