The pressure to bring products into the market in the quickest time possible has paved the way to a DevOps-obsessed world. The coming together of different teams from across the development cycle and the automation of everyday tasks helps to dramatically reduce the time taken to develop (and release) a good quality product. However, in the day and age of security breaches and the pressure to comply with a melee of evolving regulatory requirements, there is often no talk about security in the DevOps framework.
And that brings us to the concept of DevSecOps!
DevSecOps allows teams to include security in the development process from the very beginning, so it is integrated across every stage of the development lifecycle – from design and build to testing, release, support, and maintenance. According to RedHat, “DevSecOps means thinking about application and infrastructure security from the start and automating some security gates to keep the DevOps workflow from slowing down”. With continuous delivery being a priority for most software teams, DevSecOps ensures a strong foundation of security, so end products are not just meet quality requirements but also evolving security demands.
Although the basic premise of DevOps and DevSecOps is more or less the same – bringing high-quality software to end-users in quickly and efficiently – they are different in many ways. Here’s looking at some of the core differences:
A software engineering practice that aims to unify software development and operation.
A software development philosophy that strives to embed security into the DevOps workflow.
To improve collaboration between teams, so the software can be released quickly.
To automate core security tasks, so that developers can produce high-quality software that is devoid of faults.
Development and operations teams are responsible for development tasks.
Everyone in the organization is responsible for ensuring the security of software under development.
In a world where organizations are battling to safeguard their products, customers, and businesses from security breaches, DevSecOps ensures security is included as an integral part of the development lifecycle and not implemented at the end. When security is an afterthought, it not only slows down the release process but also adds to the overall costs and reduces innovation. DevSecOps strives for ensuring built-in security from the beginning, so teams can cut down on long development cycles – which they were trying to avoid in the first place.
Here’s why DevSecOps is important:
As security becomes a core requirement of DevOps success, integrating security through every stage of the DevOps lifecycle can help you meet your objectives with ease.
Here are some DevSecOps best practices to keep in mind:
A tool like Jira can allow you to simplify the source code scanning process and integrate a melee of audit and risk analysis tools into a unified workflow. You can customize the tool to enable the level of automation you need and eliminate manual data entry and updates. Since DevOps teams use a range of file types such as XLS, XML, PDF, TXT, CVS, DOC among others, Jira can simplify the report generation process, allowing you to seamlessly track security aspects of your SLDC process – from beginning to end.
If you are looking to embark on the DevSecOps journey and ensure secure code development and release, answers to these questions can help you get started quickly:
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With the average cost incurred from a single data breach expected to be more than $150 million by the year 2020, DevSecOps provides a huge opportunity for improved security: improved collaboration, automated processes, continuous testing, better traceability, and reliable release schedules provide the foundation for integrating security as a built-in component of your DevOps processes.
So, what are you waiting for? Get onto DevSecOps today and make sure security underpins every aspect of your software development process.