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.
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 delivery in smaller chunks, ensuring that the vulnerabilities can be identified quickly.
Speed and efficiency are increased by allowing everyone to submit the changes and to determine if the change is good or bad.
An audit at any time, so be ready. (This means to be in a constant state of compliance.)
Identification of potential threats with each code update such that you respond to it quickly.
Identification of new vulnerabilities with the code analysis such that a quick analysis is possible and how they could be attended.
Training of engineers with guidelines for easy adaptation of routines.