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What Is DevSecOps?

What is DevSecOps?

The advent of  IoT technology has fused connected Solutions into more and more industry use cases.  Applications have become more scalable and comprehensive to support the needs of business infrastructures.  In this environment, businesses are acquiring increasingly developed Applications integrated into their ecosystem at a faster rate.  What does this mean for security?

Security can no longer be added at the top layer of deployment. Developing teams need to lens in on security measures throughout the CI and CD pipelines. DevSecOps is a fairly new term in the Software development industry, coined to support the collaboration of DevOps and Security teams in deploying secure, seamless Applications.

What?

DevSecOps concerns the continuous integration of security within all phases of the software Application development process.  This process ensures that security is built into the Application, rather than layered at the last stage of development. Supporting a much more secure and reliable Application delivered with compliance and velocity.

Why?

The IoT and Technology ecosystem has evolved drastically over the past few years. Demonstrating no signs of slowing down. We now have an environment tailored to developing dynamic and advanced Applications.

Working within Open-Source and Cloud-driven Networks on larger scales has created a vulnerability in Application development.  Perimeters in a project are now broken down to access data from a range of sources.

Though, Open-Source communities have transformed access and sufficient workflow development teams. It has also heightened Application Vulnerability.

On the Open- Source Platform there has been an 88% growth in Library Application vulnerability over the past two years.  Security can no longer safely be integrated at the end of development.

As more classified industries – such as healthcare and aerospace- require advanced Application development. It is vital security is focused at the highest level.

By implementing DevSecOps into the workflow, each security flaw can be addressed, logged, and fixed one-by-one to create increased visibility within Application Development.  Organisations can seamlessly test and develop an Application with increased confidence that the end Application is secure

Advantages of Security Integration

Visibility

Integrating security early in the CI pipeline enables Application vulnerabilities to be spotted at the first phases of development.  Working within the Open-Source ecosystem software vulnerabilities are exposed every day.

Acquiring an integrated DevSecOps Solution supports automation practices that give leverage for developers to flag vulnerable Open-Source libraries before code is input.  Troubleshot changes and evaluations are documented and collaborated to offer a traceable workflow.

Cost

In the sense of business infrastructure, implementing DevSecOps reduces resource costs. Visibility at each phase of development enables an organisation to be productive in producing reliable and secure software.

Particularly, as projects becoming increasingly complex and large-scale.  An environment where all players are responsible for security troubleshooting enables resources and libraries to be managed and integrated effortlessly into the Application.

At the extremities, security errors have the potential to cause serious and harmful consequences for organisations involving project litigation that is not only expensive but can damage reputation and customer loyalty.  Awareness of such threats is beneficial to organisation expenses in the long run.

Velocity

As further industries strive for connected Solutions, development teams are under tighter time constraints to deliver advanced Applications to customers.  DevSecOps generates real-time feedback, ensuring phases of development are troubleshooted and completed at a higher rate.

Quicker Application Development is not just beneficial to the customer base but rises organisations against their competitors.  Adding the extra layer of communication between Developers, Operators, and the security team facilitates on-project learning, breaking down silo barriers.

Confidence

Knowing that all phases of Application development has integrated, and logged security Solutions empowers greater confidence in the finalising deployment of an Application.  Here, organisations can be more agile and innovative in the deployment of Solutions, boosting their ranks in the marketplace.

If any DevOps Engineers would like to learn more about engaging in DevSecOps or discuss any of the points stated in my article contact me Laura.witcher@paratuspeople.com