IT infrastructure has undergone significant changes in recent years. The major shift to dynamic provisioning, shared resources and cloud computing have reaped huge benefits around IT speed, agility and cost. This has helped to improve application development. The ability to deploy applications in the cloud and the move to agile and DevOps methodologies has improved both scale and speed.
DevOps (integrating development and IT operations) has helped with more frequent feature releases and significantly, increased application stability. DevSecOps is considered crucial as it introduces security at an early stage in the life cycle of application development thereby, minimizing vulnerabilities and bringing security closer to IT and business objectives.
DevSecOps is considered essential and crucial as more automation from the start reduces the chance of misadministration and errors which otherwise would often lead to downtime or attacks. There is less need for security architects to manually configure security consoles. When you integrate DevSecOps and DevOps, every developer and network administrator consider security as a priority when developing and deploying applications.
People are witnessing a cultural and technical shift towards a DevSecOps approach. This is helping enterprises address security threats more effectively, in real-time. You are required to embed security controls on a larger scale for scalability in the cloud. Continuous threat modeling and management of system builds are essential as technology-driven businesses are evolving at a rapid pace.
The Key Best Practices for DevSecOps
Organizations want to unite IT operations, security teams and application developers and for that they need to integrate security into their DevOps pipelines. The ultimate objective or the desired goal is to make security a core component of the software development workflow. Some best practices help make the DevSecOps process run smoothly.
- Automation is the Key Characteristic – With DevOps, there can be no manual processes. DevSecOps programs must execute a full suite of application security automation. Automated testing processes need to be integrated within your product pipeline. It is critical to automate security testing for potential risks and flaws.
- Implementing Container Security – You must develop your container security solution. Containers can contain open source, and that software can contain vulnerabilities. You need to address the open-source vulnerabilities, use of non-approved images and secrets management.
- Designing Consistent Security for Microservices, APIs, and Serverless – Consistent security implementation should prevail. Design and deploy consistent security for all unique approaches to application delivery and integrate all the services into your secure DevOps pipeline. Microservices, APIs and Serverless require the most consistent security focus.
- Checking your Code Dependencies – Understanding that open-source use is the key to wider adoption of DevSecOps practices. Code dependency checks are fundamental to DevSecOps, and ensure that you do not use code with known vulnerabilities. Automated processes for managing open-source and third-party components are most crucial.
- Training Developers on Secure Coding – Development team needs to avoid coding in an insecure manner. Investments have to be made in training the developers on security. Developers should code in a secure way and it should be treated as a priority. In a world of continuous integration and rapid release cycles, application security is mandatory.
- Choose your Tools Wisely – Tools that are optimized for their specific issues, feature-rich and effective. The tools must seamlessly integrate into the development pipeline and allow easy coordination between the teams. Tools need to be both accurate and fast. Scanning tools are crucial and empower developers to do required scans.
The Benefits of Adopting DevSecOps
Security protocols in the development process enable DevOps and security professionals to harness the power of agile methodologies. The safety measures that are inherent in DevSecOps have many other advantages which include greater speed and agility for security teams, an ability to respond to change and needs rapidly, better collaboration and communication among teams, more opportunities for automated builds and quality assurance testing and early identification of vulnerabilities in code.
With the adoption of DevSecOps, you yield several business benefits. They are:
- Reduction of expenses and speed of delivery.
- Security, Monitoring, Deployment check and notifying systems from the start of development.
- DevSecOps supports a culture of openness and transparency right from the earliest stage.
- Secure by design and the ability to measure.
- Faster speed of recovery in the case of a security incident.
- Faster response to change and shifting customer needs.
- Improved overall security by enabling application development with security in mind instead of it as an afterthought.
- Enhanced communications and collaboration between co-workers and different teams.
DevSecOps – The Path to Building Secure Applications
The crucial task of DevSecOps is to embed security in every part of the development process. It helps to automate core security tasks by embedding security controls and processes early in the DevOps workflow. For instance, security while migrating to Microservices, building out a CI/CD pipeline, compliance automation or simply testing Cloud infrastructure.
Making security an equal consideration alongside development and operations is of utmost importance for any organization involved in application development and distribution. The future for DevSecOps is bright and establishing proactive security that focuses on the customer experience and anticipates data breaches.
Nairita Goswami, Marcom Specialist, RapidValue