The IT business environment is rapidly accelerating. Business leaders seek new ways to prepare their organizations for the changing tech trends. The increasingly competitive market & tech-savvy customers make it difficult for IT businesses to continue their security-enabled IT product development and operations management. That’s when DevSecOps (Development, Security & Operations) come into the picture.
As businesses bring newer scopes in digital assets, cloud computing servers, databases, and web app development, these scopes increase the online business’s attack surface area. Thus, making it vital to deploy a robust, built-in, IT ecosystem-centric, bottom-to-up security approach to avoid security breaches and upscale IT security for an incredible organizational digital transformation.
While continuous integration, development, deployment, and coding are well practiced, continuous security automation & security testing isn’t much of a daily routine. Even the security professionals testing IT products require skills in development, code architecture, cloud infrastructure, delivery, deployment, and security. The mixed usage of skills by security experts raises multiple issues. It increases challenges, and the need for best practices to fortify all IT products.
And the only solution is –
Rethinking Security in Development & Operations: DevSecOps
Security has continuously operated separately in a different realm than development and deployment. In the pre-DevOps era, there were no things such as CI/CD, fast-to-execute codes, low-code development, code sourcing, etc. However, many large applications, websites, and software use these, and DevOps have accelerated the growth.
But it doesn’t mean faster development leads to the best security!
“Recently in March 2022, Microsoft Azure DevOps internal source code repositories were hacked online by the Lapsus$ hacking group. – Report by TechRadar“
The only way to keep the code safe is by providing the developers with security tools they can use within their existing workflows of SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle) and giving them clear value. This is a fundamental shift in security practices rather than waiting for cybersecurity teams to analyze security risks and vulnerabilities as part of code reviews or attack simulations.
Typically, most security vulnerabilities are discovered at the end of SDLC, and DevSecOps seeks to change that. The seamless integration of security testing and protection in the SDLC for continuous delivery is called DevSecOps. DevSecOps aims to incorporate security into your CI/CD workflow in both pre-production (dev) and production (ops) environments.
In simple words, DevSecOps, the Shift Left Security approach, enables agile development while maintaining a focus on security. The objective is to create future-ready secure software quickly, identifying security pitfalls, vulnerabilities, and bugs within the development process, significantly reducing development time for a faster-to-market IT product.
If you are shifting from DevOps to DevSecOps, then you need to understand its philosophy, i.e., to implement strong security practices in the development phase rather than post-development security audits. Therefore, adopting a DevSecOps approach is an inevitable transition for all developers. With DevSecOps developers accept more responsibility for IT product security, starting with the code.
The right DevSecOps approach is bringing IT operations, developers, and security teams under one roof, prioritizing security as a core element in SDLC; thus, enhancing DevOps workflow to the next level by automation, security integration into CI/CD pipeline, and practicing threat modeling through controlled security tests.
Can DevSecOps Support the Digital Transformation of Your Business?
Over the past decade, enterprises have witnessed a quick shift in their IT integrity with newer technologies, cloud computing, dynamic applications, and data. And DevOps trending software development culture across every industry & business vertical right-shifted the SDLCs to new horizons, increasing speed, functionalities, and performance at scale.
Now, DevSecOps is ready to transform SDLC pipelines. Enterprises are taking steps by analyzing front-end codes, sanitizing sensitive data, utilizing IDE extensions, improving CI/CD via security solutions, and following cloud-native development.
AWS DevSecOps and Azure DevSecOps are under usage by hundreds of enterprises. Though the implementation varies from company to company, your solid stance on security will boost your IT product credibility and improve customer trust in your brand. Healthcare, Automobile, eCommerce, and Food are the industries where the adoption of DevSecOps SDLC culture is paving the way for the next generation of digital transformation.
From government agencies to supply chains, the secure transformation of their services has increased after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“According to TechTarget, the US Department of Defence is actively implementing DevSecOps SDLC in its military software development.”
DevSecOps strives to integrate security tools and implement improved security standards while offering many benefits, such as;
- Reduce application vulnerabilities
- Maintain compliance and implement it into the delivery pipeline
- Identify vulnerabilities in SDLCs’ early stage
- Reduction in compliance costs
- Faster deployment of applications
- Increased software delivery rate
- Security checks, continuous monitoring, and automated deployment checks from the beginning
- Improve the observability & traceability of your IT products
- Allow security teams to operate at more incredible speed; reducing expenses & raising the delivery rate
- Promotes openness, transparency & automated security
- And reduced the recovery time in the event of a security breach
Therefore, by improving development models & rearchitecting security approaches in DevSecOps, enterprises are at an all-time high in developing applications & products. If you are looking forward to adopting DevSecOps, keep the below trends in mind.
Top DevSecOps Trends In Digital Transformation
To enable secure and rapid software development, DevSecOps teams automate every stage of SDLC by practicing the following trends:
- IaC (Infrastructure-as-code) is Rising: IaC benefits DevSecOps enabling greater automation and reducing human error.
- AIOps, MLOps, and GitOps combination centralize the entire development, security, and operations infrastructure to give teams greater control while enabling fast-to-deploy digital services.
- Kubernetes is an open-source, game-changing platform that orchestrates management, deployment, and scales microservices architecture in the DevSecOps pipeline.
- Cloud-based serverless computing is manifesting as a disaster recovery resource and can reduce DevSecOps SDLC costs.
What’s the Softobiz DevSecOps Approach?
A successful DevSecOps implementation requires standard modification of DevOps via tools, technology, processes, and the interior culture of the organization. To ensure security in our IT deliverables, we at Softobiz follow DevSecps culture in strong feedback loops & rapid action.
For this, we practice code analysis, change management, compliance monitoring, threat investigation, vulnerability assessment, security testing, and security training.
Furthermore, we use different DevSecOps tools such as Kibana, Grafana, Stackstorm, Mirador, OSSEC, MozDef, GRR, Gauntlt, Spyk, Chef Inspec, Hakiri, Infer, Elastalert, Alerta, OpenTPX, and Critical Stack. DevSecOps makes security a continuous process, and we develop security into CI/CD pipelines with our in-house expertise and DevOps experience. Security is not a one-time activity; it is essential to accelerate your application.
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