DevSecOps, the “Shift-Left” approach aims to fit security into the DevOps process. Companies need DevSecOps to make sure their applications and products run safely and securely. Without DevSecOps, the developer team need to rebuild the application every time there is an update. IT companies that are into building and maintaining software are finding themselves with a threat landscape due to lack of skills and resources to keep attacks at the bay.
The DevSecOps approach is combined with the best parts of DevOps that integrate security at the start of the development process. DevSecOps can streamline the development process even with limited headcount and eliminate security practices forever. There are several reasons for enterprises to embrace DevSecOps. Here are the 4 compelling reasons that would convince enterprises to embrace DevSecOps –
The main intent of DevSecOps is to reduce the friction between the development and security team. It is built on an environment where security is everyone’s responsibility. DevSecOps tend to move away from the concept of a dedicated security team. It helps the development team to move faster without compromising the security.
In DevSecOps, the development team move from the “waterfall” model to “Agile” model – where slices of work are released frequently with security testing embedded alongside the development. Security practices are implemented at every stage with concepts like code standards, penetration testing, vulnerability scanning, threat modelling etc.
In short, DevSecOps allow the development team to move faster with the development process and at the same time ensure the security of the application.
DevSecOps is not about setting up an entirely new team but is a cultural shift. Even if there are some limitations in the security model, one can bring DevSecOps into their culture. For example – companies that lack a dedicated security team can still put themselves in a position to meet the security practices by embedding them in the development lifecycle.
You can bridge the gap between development and security team, which is often the roadblock in application development. When there is open communication and transparency between the development, operations and security team – the security issues are likely to get resolved at a very early stage.
The biggest advantage of DevSecOps is to leverage security automation to help achieve continuous coverage. The DevSecOps approach gives a perfect way to create a security standard during development.
Security is often a bottleneck for faster releases. However, DevSecOps promises to bring security at the forefront by adopting automated security testing practices. Automated testing and continuous integration have optimized the product release – as everyone in the team is allowed to deploy the code.
The dependencies in application development can be reduced by embracing DevSecOps. If your application requires a certain library that depends on another library, it would mean that you couldn’t use any of the libraries effectively. DevSecOps allow developers to explore open-source libraries, removing the need for additional resources.
Knowing libraries upfront will help them to look for better alternatives. This can also save a lot of time and help reduce resource management cost.
By following the best DevSecOps practices, enterprises can tremendously reduce the risk of vulnerabilities. So far, enterprises who have embraced DevSecOps have experienced a positive result in integrating security and reducing incidents through shared responsibility.
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