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DevSecOps

DevSecOps, the philosophy of integrating security practices at every phase of the software development lifecycle, right from initial design through various other phases like integration, testing, deployment, and software delivery. It involves the creation of a ‘Security as Code’ culture with ongoing, flexible collaboration between release engineers and security teams. DevSecOps aims at providing new solutions for complex software development processes that too within an agile framework.

DevSecOps is a natural and necessary evolution in a way that the modern development organizations approach security. The main goal behind it is to bridge the gap between IT and security while working towards fast and safe delivery of code. This helps in increased communication along with the shared responsibility of managing security during the different phases of the delivery process.

In DevSecOps, the two opposing goals one being ‘Speed of delivery’ and second being ‘secure code’ are merged and made as one streamlined process. In accordance with the lean practices in agile, security testings are done in iterations without hampering the delivery cycles. 

With the fast-moving advancements and as the speed along with the frequency of releases increase, traditional application security cannot keep up with the pace of software deliveries and to track if their release is secure. For these organizations must build security across the SDLC. This helps the DevOps team to deliver secure applications at a faster rate and better quality. The earlier you implement security into the workflow, the sooner you can identify and rectify the security weakness and vulnerabilities. DevSecOps helps developers fix security issues in their code in real-time rather than waiting till the end of the SDLC. 

The three key things that contribute to a real DevSecOps environment are:

  1. Testing related to security features is done by the Development team

  2. Issues found during that testing is managed by the development team.

  3. Fixing those issues stays within the development team.

COMPONENTS OF DevSecOps APPROACH

In order to ensure scalability in the cloud, it requires the embedding of security controls on a larger scale. The six important components of a DevSecOps approach are:

Code Analysis

Code delivery in smaller chunks, ensuring that the vulnerabilities can be identified quickly.

Change Management

Speed and efficiency are increased by allowing everyone to submit the changes and to determine if the change is good or bad.

Compliance Monitoring

An audit at any time, so be ready. (This means to be in a constant state of compliance.)

Threat Investigation

Identification of potential threats with each code update such that you respond to it quickly.

Vulnerability Assessment

Identification of new vulnerabilities with the code analysis such that a quick analysis is possible and how they could be attended.

Security Training

Training of engineers with guidelines for easy adaptation of routines.

BENEFITS OF DevSecOps

The two major benefits of DevSecOps are Speed and Security. Development teams deliver better and more secure code that too at a much faster rate and therefore cheaper. 

Rapid, Cost-Effective Software Delivery

If the software is developed in a non-DevSecOps environment, security problems can result in huge time delays. Rapid and secure delivery of DevSecOps saves time and reduces costs as well by minimizing the need to repeat a process in order to address security issues. The process becomes more efficient and cost-effective as the integrated security reduces the duplicate reviews and unnecessary rebuild which results in more secure code.

Improved Security

DevSecOps introduces cybersecurity processes right from the initial level of the development cycle. During the entire development cycle, the code is regularly reviewed, audited, scanned, and tested to rectify the security issues. These issues are rectified as soon as they are rectified. Security problems are resolved even before the introduction of newer dependencies. The security issues become less expensive if they are identified at an early stage of the cycle. DevSecOps reduces the time spent on fixing vulnerabilities and freeing up security terms thus allowing to focus on higher-value work.

Automation Compatibility with modern development

Automation of security checks depends majorly on the project and the goals of an organization. Automated testing can ensure the appropriate patch levels of incorporated software dependencies along with confirmation on the passing of security unit testing of the software.

Repeatable and adaptive process

As the organization matures so does its security. DevSecOps lends itself to repeatable and adaptive processes in order to ensure security which is applied across the environment that too with respect to environmental changes and adaptability to the new requirements.

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