Devops Regulatory Compliance
The world has evolved a lot from being limited to traditional processes, that leave only a small room for innovation.
Today, we have technology solutions that go beyond industry limitations with the capability of even addressing ‘regulatory compliance framework’, which has traditionally been the major hurdle in every change process.
And, DevOps stands in the first place in this aspect with ‘rapid change’ as its key defining element.
Because of its agility and automation components, DevOps finds it easy to streamline and simplify organization’s compliance initiatives.
DevOps Vs Compliance
DevOps implementation has shown a new collaborative approach for firms, bringing together different teams onto a single path.
However, many firms feel that this option also has some concerns associated with it.
Considering the fact that everyone has access to all production systems and data in a DevOps environment, many DevOps organizations fear that this would create compliance and regulatory concern.
DevOps has a good answer for this concern!
DevOps has its efficient way of dealing with systems access. It does so with the help of orchestration method to ensure compliance is not compromised and only the needed gets direct access to required production systems.
Mature DevOps practitioners avoid giving direct administrative access to systems and manage changes via a central orchestration tool, where abstraction is done to access through a change management automation system.
DevOps Solution to Compliance Concern
Experts opine that DevOps aids compliance more than affecting it. They argue that the real question is ‘not about whether having DevOps or not for compliance’, it’s ‘the way DevOps is being implemented’ that has to be assessed.
According to DevOps practitioners, DevOps tools strive to maintain consistency, reduce complexity and minimize variability within the environments finally to support compliance factor.
DevOps Automation practices aid test and operations teams by automating test cases, deployments and configurations thus ensuring consistency in execution.
Coming to development teams, consistent versions of binaries facilitate compliant components, leaving space for more compliant applications. DevOps tools hold high automation abilities that facilitate consistent and automated execution of compliance requirements.
In DevOps, automated workflows have verification aspects that come embedded as code unlike traditional method that involves manual checking.
Adopting automation tools also increases the chances of identifying possible risks well in advance, which reflects in automatic and timely updates of the required out-of-date software.
Implementing DevOps Compliance
While DevOps Automation acts as a solution for compliance challenges in DevOps environment, implementing DevOps compliance is all together a strategic approach, with:
- High Team Involvement: Unlike traditional processes where compliance is an out of subject for technical teams, DevOps compliance demands engineers too to have idea on compliance challenges they must meet. Considering the changing tendency of compliance frameworks, DevOps calls on engineers to be aware of compliance changes within their work environment.
- Tracking across CI/CD Pipeline: Second step in ensuring DevOps Compliance requires tracking of compliance requirements during all stages of software lifecycle, during code development, test and deployment. The teams need to ensure the compliance is met all levels, along with a prerequisite of auditing across the software delivery lifecycle.
- Audit: Pushing aside the misconception that auditing is done during production stage, DevOps compliance calls for involving audit across all stages of CI/CD pipeline with regular monitoring of if the ongoing work is meeting compliance goals. This activity helps easily identify the problem location and meet compliance challenges. Though audit and precise reports might vary, best DevOps practices recommend logging and reporting only compliance-related data.
On an End Note!
Compliance is no more a separate entity in a software development lifecycle. DevOps bridged the gaps bringing it closer to the Dev and Ops teams and involving all the teams to check every task performed is line with organization’s compliance framework.
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