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How To Evolve DevOps To DevSecOps?

How To Evolve DevOps to DevSecOps?

The very nature of the DevOps culture is innovation.  Practice and processes within this community are ever-evolving in a shifting ecosystem.

DevOps has immensely improved the operations in software deployment across the board.  The efficient developer infrastructure that the culture has brought to elevation in development, building, testing, and deployment has accelerated seamless integration.

But what if we would take that one step further? This is the epitome of how DevSecOps came to the surface.

By integrating security throughout the pipeline advanced Application development can be achieved in an even more evolved ecosystem where all players are benefitted.

It is no question that DevSecOps is set to become the current optimal culture.  It just has not been as widely deployed yet.

Taking an evaluation of how to evolve your DevOps culture into DevSecOps grants a bigger picture to emerge of how to best integrate this essential process.

  1. Transition Phase

DevOps has for long generated the faster deployment of Software.  Cybersecurity has always been a vital integration within Application development.  Companies operating in the IoT ecosystem have realised that although Software has been pushed out faster, there is no value if the End- Application is not secure.

In the Open-Source environment, it is vital to ensure all libraries are safe and monitored through automation, as companies cannot afford to ignore breaches.  Consequences for businesses that don’t recognise a security error can lead to catastrophic results.

For this, we could say infrastructures have naturally evolved to cater toward increased security-based processes and automation within the CI/CD pipelines.

Recognising the dangers of current security processes and revising development structure in action from the ground up will allow complete visibility. The benefits of continuous security monitoring in cost reduction, velocity, efficiency, and all-round Application performance is second-to-none.

  1. Reconstructing Infrastructure

Reconstructing an established infrastructure can be a timely process.  However, DevSecOps as an extension in itself to DevOps warrants favourable execution.   Feedback from all teams and members will allow easier revision of focused areas.

Continuous feedback is core in DevSecOps facilitating an even sharper development environment.  This will promote development towards an increasingly more automated ecosystem in the long run.

Essentially DevSecOps dissects the infrastructure to more task-specific roles, that not only ensures greater Application reliability but ensures everyone has a part to play in securing an Application. So, communication can be better relayed throughout the team to ensure every step of development is traceable.

  1. Integrating Security Teams

This is subject to business. Security teams can be integrated directly as a new branch within the culture to assist better integration, training developers through the process.

For other businesses with already established security, this may mean integrating new/improve security practices into the whole development infrastructure including testing, updates, and VPNs.

In providing a close relation to security in the development of Software, high- quality, secure Software coding language can be incorporated.

Here, developers have an extra capability to implement secure coding into Application building, testing, and deployment. Compliance reporting is a key aspect of DevSecOps to address security execution issues.

  1. Communication

One of the biggest challenges of early security integration is introducing new practices within the development teams.

Each individual developer has progressed their own way of working that caters to the workflow. The introduction of an entirely new workflow can cause disputes as such changes may feel like added work.

Communication is key in creating a successful DevSecOps ecosystem.

Layering security throughout the pipeline brings productivity in all areas of development. But this can only really be optimised if teams, members, and management communication is operational in all phases of the CI/CD pipeline.

DevSecOps tackles the barrier in communication between developers and security teams allowing a closer work environment that establishes velocity and efficiency in the long term.

  1. New Infrastructure

The overall objective of DevSecOps is to prioritise security at all phases in the development of software.

Like all new processes, DevSecOps will continue to grow and evolve as more infrastructures integrate it.  This will enable more opportunities and learning environments that will accelerate secure Application deployment.

There is no ‘have to‘ or direct way to evolve to DevSecOps, but recognising the points shared will enable a more seamless integration.

Innovation within the IoT environment is accommodated from change and DevOps to DevSecOps is no different.

If any DevOps Engineers would like to engage in DevSecOps or more familiar with the culture contact me at laura.witcher@paratuspeople.com