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DevSecOps, or the blending of an enterprise’s applications development with systems operations teams with collaboration of security has become a trendy IT topic. The new operating model is often employed in conjunction with Agile software development methods and leverages the scalability of cloud computing — all in the interest of making companies more nimble and competitive. Today CIO’s/CISO’s should revise DevOps to include Security module from beginning. Investing in firewalls and perimeter defense isn’t bad per se but with high profile breaches due to exploits such as Heart bleed, Poodle, Bash etc. which left organizations with black eyes, it’s clear that simply guarding the borders is not enough. By adding security to a DevOps program, CIO’s/CISO’s and their teams will be forced to think about security in a more granular way — at the start of the software development process, rather than as an afterthought.
DevSecOps can then be termed as its development, security and operations operating as a dynamic force to create solutions which are security eccentric with focus on a secure infrastructure.
Integrating security into DevOps to deliver “DevSecOps” requires changing mindsets, processes and technology. One must adhere to the collaborative, agile nature of DevOps to be seamless and transparent in the development process, making the Sec in DevSecOps silent. Below are the key prerequisites which organizations should inculcate to build on DevSecOps model :
To start and build the DevSecOps model, one should be vary that with the rise of DevOps most security teams try to minimize risk by limiting the speed of change. Though minimizing risk is a valid goal, the method fails to address the requirements of extremely fast-moving, technology-dependent businesses. If security teams are going to be a core component of DevSecOps, they must impress upon development and operations that they can bring a series of tests and quality conditions to bear on production code pushes without slowing the process. If security parameters and metrics are incorporated into development and test qualifications, then the chance for security to be involved in the processes for DevOps will be much higher. Few of the challenges which may get incurred during implementation are :
One major challenge besides the above pointers is that until now security teams are considered as gatekeepers. They come into picture at the end of a product life-cycle. Considering this how can security teams align themselves with the developers keeping in scope that the tools both teams use are different? The answer to which is pretty simple: Security teams should always act as “Facilitators” rather than being termed as “Gate keepers/Toll barriers”. Information security architects must integrate security at multiple points into DevOps workflows in a collaborative way that is largely transparent to developers, and preserves the teamwork, agility and speed of DevOps and agile development environments, delivering “DevSecOps.” The following steps can be used to align seamlessly security with Devops:
Though DevSecOps is getting popular by the day, there are certain projects which aren’t suitable for DevSecOps. The following conditions can make a DevSecOps (Agile method) unnecessary for an application/project:
Some of the tools which can be utilized to streamline the framework are WAZUH (OSSEC), ELK, and VERACODE etc. In the end, I shall like to conclude by saying that DevSecOps is a must have in enterprise app development and strategic for everyone in software. Organizations everywhere are now transforming their development from waterfall-native to DevOps-native tools and processes which means aggressively moving to Agile and DevOps practices to speed delivery of new applications.