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How to Merge Security and DevOps for Effective DevSecOps

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DevSecOps is the process and practice of development that makes every team member responsible for safety.

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By stressing a security-first, security-always approach as outlined in the DevSecOps Manifesto, DevSecOps incorporates security into the code level. DevSecOps builds infrastructure and applications that can securely scale at the speed of modern business.

DevSecOps is emerging as the new generation of secure development, eclipsing older, reactive security models. In the ‘old’ days, developers designed a system first, then probed it for viabilities, correcting them as they surfaced. By moving responsibility for security to the door of every stakeholder, applications and processes are built to be as close as possible to invulnerable.

How to Implement a DevSecOps Approach

The complexity of a modern hybrid or cloud environment requires a host of considerations to factor into a DevSecOps approach. There are a few ways to get started with DevOps that will help help you build a solution that works for your unique business needs:

Stress Security at Every Level

Also known as ‘left-shifting security’ for how it moves accountability in the continuous delivery pipeline, this approach empowers individual team members to address potential vulnerabilities before code passes to the next stage. If a delivered project is a package of individual pieces, incorporating security at every level is the equivalent of “bubble wrapping” each item before bundling them for shipment, resulting in safer delivery.

Perform a Thorough Security Needs Assessment

Combining internal resources and expert partners where needed, develop a complete picture of operating conditions and vulnerabilities. Equipped with current audits and reports outlining strengths and weaknesses, stakeholders can build the approach that meets their specific challenges.

devsecops-security-as-codeMake Security Changes at the Code Level

Older delivery pipelines often addresses network vulnerabilities with third-party programs, protective information management policies, and other reactive measures. Build a DevSecOps approach that builds protective security armor into the code itself, and you’ll see the need for a reactive patchwork of measures to protect entire applications can be reduced or eliminated.

Automate Whenever Possible

One of the most time-consuming aspects of dated delivery models was testing and correcting code before shifting it rightward down the pipeline. DevSecOps leverages tools to automate most of this process, performing it almost instantaneously so delivery isn’t bogged in the human testing that would be required to ensure the same level of security.

Use Dashboards and Alerts for Continuous Monitoring

There are too many interactions taking places in a DevSecOps environment to decipher without a unified approach for monitoring and fine tuning operations. By developing desired baseline and alert levels, IT teams can interact in real-time and automate common responses to conditions or threats.

Ensuring Success with DevSecOps

DevSecOps is a complex system requiring the right combination of expertise and partnerships. Successful DevSecOps architectures address and overcome the following challenges early in the planning process:

    1. Keeping up with the Continuous Delivery pipeline. Well-tuned existing delivery models are fast, if not as robust as DevSecOps. The net result of a new architecture must be at least as fast as the existing model or face blowback from other stakeholders in sales, marketing, and other departments.
    2. Building DevSecOps from the Ground Up. A successful DevSecOps approach will be a fundamental part of every layer of the environment and be included into:
      • Architecture
      • Design
      • Programming
      • Testing
      • Deployment
      • Monitoring
      • Maintenance
      • Scripts
      • Virtual machines
      • Containers
    3. Tailored to specific applications’ needs. A primary advantage of DevSecOps is its ability to wrap customized security around each process and application. With complex, scaled apps distributed in a global cloud environment, the approach provides precision security no matter the deployment.

Getting Started With DevSecOps

As developers continue to innovate, the separation of development and security is no longer a viable approach. Applications that were once monolithic now consist of many services and dependencies, each of which comes with potential security holes. By moving responsibility for safety closer to the people who build applications and architecture, DevSecOps powers applications with built-in security.

Implement a holistic approach, ensure success by focusing on essentials, and plan for a winning DevSecOps approach. Check out our webinar Making the Shift from DevOps to Practical DevSecOps to learn more about setting up a successful DevSecOps operation.

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