Security for DevOps

Security should be built into every part of the DevOps lifecycle, including inception, design, build, test, release, support, maintenance, and beyond. The DevSecOps approach is a path forward to help organizations reduce the risk of breaches. Implementing a detailed security validation plan and integrating cloud workload protection solutions to monitor and enforce security control is pivotal.

What is DevOps?

DevOps is a set of practices that works to automate and integrate the processes between software development and IT teams, so they can build, test, and release software faster and more reliably. The term DevOps was formed by combining the words “development” and “operations” and signifies a cultural shift that bridges the gap between development and operation teams, which historically functioned in siloes. 

How would the use of DevOps benefit your organization?

In order to be best at what an organization can achieve, there are a ton of things that need to come to the fore. The higher the networking capability between the employees, the higher the efficiency would be of the apps and tools being used within the organization. For this reason, DevOps is the best buy.

The benefits of DevOps are listed below:

  • Greater speed and agility for security teams
  • An ability to respond to change and needs rapidly
  • Better collaboration and communication among teams
  • More opportunities for automated builds and quality assurance testing
  • Early identification of vulnerabilities in code
  • Team member assets are freed to work on high-value work

What is DevSecops?

DevSecOps is the philosophy of integrating security practices within the DevOps process. DevSecOps involves creating a ‘Security as Code’ culture with ongoing, flexible collaboration between release engineers and security teams. The DevSecOps movement, like DevOps itself, is focused on creating new solutions for complex software development processes within an agile framework.

While having a DevSecops approach there are few necessary components to be kept in mind, they are:

  • Code analysis – deliver code in small chunks so vulnerabilities can be identified quickly.
  • Change management – increase speed and efficiency by allowing anyone to submit changes, then determine whether the change is good or bad.
  • Compliance monitoring – be ready for an audit at any time (which means being in a constant state of compliance, including gathering evidence of GDPR compliance, PCI compliance, etc.).
  • Threat investigation – identify potential emerging threats with each code update and be able to respond quickly.
  • Vulnerability assessment – identify new vulnerabilities with code analysis, then analyze how quickly they are being responded to and patched.
  • Security training – train software and IT engineers with guidelines for set routines.