Security in DevOps (DevSecOps)

Security in DevOps (DevSecOps)

Introduction

According to Statista, 48 percent of software developers throughout the world consider DevOps to be “very crucial” for scaling software development. This isn’t surprising, given that 63 percent of developers and DevOps experts say the quality of their software deployment has improved significantly, as has the frequency of new software releases, while 55 percent say cooperation and collaboration have improved, and 38 percent say the quality of code production has improved since they began deploying DevOps.

The Google DevOps Research and Assessment teamĀ (DORA) research makes it obvious that to provide software securely, security policies must keep up with, if not outpace, bad actors’ ploys and methods. The researchers gave the 2020 SolarWinds and Codecov software supply chain assaults as examples.Hacks with such broad ramifications are becoming increasingly common, and more hackers are learning to avoid the old approach of compromising a single business system.

Why it is important to incorporate security into DevOps practices

Gone are the days when a developer’s sole purpose was to code. Aside from working on producing highly functional and stable code, the developer must pay particular attention to the security layer to achieve a highly functional framework. DevSecOps (also known as SecDevOps; the difference between the two is discussed later in this article) puts the developer at the center of an application security strategy.

Security risks should be addressed and tackled more uniformly within the software development process to alleviate the weaknesses of DevOps-based software development and bridge the gaps in feedback loops generated by the demand for shorter development cycles. In other words, security should not be addressed at the end of the development process, but rather throughout.

Top Companies Integrate DevOps and Security

Researchers found that only a small number of exceptional performers who are generating the greatest commercial success and agility through DevOps are also experts at applying security standards. Security was more integrated into the software development process of the top performers than it was in the less successful competitors’. They were able to speed up software delivery while maintaining a high degree of security and dependability as a result of this.

Additionally, teams ranked in the first quartile for integrated DevOps security are1.6 times more likely to accomplish or surpass their organization’s objectives.

How to Enhance DevOps Security

  1. Testing: As part of any automated testing procedure, it is critical to adequately test security features. This should include any instances where pre-approach is required.
  2. Review security: All important features require security reviews.
  3. Pre-approved code:Pre-approved code: Developers and IT as a whole will benefit from the process of incorporating pre-approved, easy-to-use libraries, packages, toolchains, andsecurity into common coding elements.
  4. Integrate DevOps with security:Security must be integrated into DevOps’ daily operations throughout the software delivery lifecycle. This should incorporate the phases of design and architecture as well.
  5. Security must be included in the planning process: It’s critical to pay attention to any security flaws early on in the planning process and provide adequate time to address them.

 

The Benefits of DevSecOps Implementation

 

Quicker Delivery

By incorporating security into the SDLC, the team can eliminate the entire security testing step, resulting in faster delivery. Even though this methodology slows down all other SDLC stages, DevSecOps delivery time is still faster than normal DevOps, assuming the DevSecOps strategy has been deployed optimally for your project/infrastructure.

Improved Security of Applications

Because your entire app development process includes more rigorous and continuous security testing at a granular level, your final product will have a more robust and safe architecture. Teams that can discover and fix code flaws earlier in the process are gradually but steadily becoming more capable of avoiding reoccurring errors on succeeding projects. The software is designed with the security of the SDLC as a whole, not just the last,o the overall security is constant rather thanvariable.

Improved teamwork and balanced responsibility

When it comes to security-related challenges, traditional software development procedures don’t always have equal levels of accountability across all teams and team members. Instead, your organization’s dedicated security team is responsible for any issues that may occur during the post-development stage.The SecDevOps method balances the security responsibility by shifting it to the left. This enables betterobliteration between teams and team members, resulting in higher-quality security design patterns and more reactive security response tactics.

Security automation at its best

In a trad Achieving true security automation levels in a traditional DevOpsset up tough. The SecDevOps strategy, on the other hand, enables you to reach, include, and successfully perform top-tier automation as security and testing-related jobs are incorporated from the start of your SDLC.

Let’s Infuse Security into your DevOps

Our security professionals will infuse security policies, tools, and practices into your DevOps in the most efficient way possible.KPi-Tech offers the best SecDevOPs consulting services to increase your efficiency in the overall process and complete the release management cycle in just a few steps.

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