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What Does DevSecOps Even Mean?

About a decade ago, Andrew Shafer and Patrick Debois introduced a concept called DevOps at the 2008 Agile Toronto conference. They proposed an intersection between development and operations that would reduce hiccups. Instead of teams operating separately, operations professionals are involved throughout the duration of a project, allowing them to catch issues quickly.

A new evolution has taken place in recent years, as IT experts have noticed a need to include security in the process. DevSecOps focuses on introducing security into application development from the start, ensuring that by the time it reaches the end user, it is less likely to contain the vulnerabilities that put devices and networks at risk. But moving toward a DevSecOps mentality goes beyond drawing Venn Diagrams on whiteboards.

Here are a few tips to help you successfully bring the concept to your applications development teams.

Recognizing the benefits of DevSecOps

Although the DevSecOps has taken a while to catch on, businesses are boosting it toward widespread acceptance. Companies have reported that by adding security to DevOps, they’re able to catch issues much earlier, allowing them to address them and avoid problems after release.

Security has always been important to both operations and app development, but often it came up later in the process after significant progress had been made. DevSecOps saves teams time and money by keeping projects moving forward until the end, rather than having to double back and fix issues detected during testing.

Its implementation won’t be overnight

Don’t feel pressured to completely revamp your DevOps strategy. In fact, you can simply gradually work security into the work you do. One great way to schedule a product demonstration at the end of each interval, where you include security as part of that demonstration. By stopping periodically to review the previous work, you’ll get the same effect without making drastic changes to the way your team works.

As you identify security issues, stop to discuss how they could be prevented in the future. Empower your team to provide their own suggestions, setting aside any blame. Over time, you’ll likely find that the lessons learned in these sessions will strengthen your team and security will become a natural part of the DevOps process.

Automate, and then automate more

Another way to ease into DevSecOps is to simply automate the process. The right API can offer built-in security for all the applications you’re developing. While this isn’t a failsafe, it can be a great start toward incorporating security into everything your team does. You’ll be able to still monitor your results and conduct regular testing, but you’ll have most of the work done for you behind the scenes.

Data analytics tools can also help your team monitor and quickly identify security issues. Through the use of the latest big data tools, you can analyze any section of code and review the results to determine where issues exist. This can be a small addition to your existing processes that will push you toward DevSecOps with minimal investment from your team. Eventually, the insight provided through your analytics will help your team learn what they can do to make their code more secure from the start.

DevSecOps is growing in popularity with conscientious development teams. The more developers can do from the start to ensure their applications are safe, the more integrity their software will have. Over time, security will become a natural part of building an app.


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