DevSecOps is the amalgamation of Development, Security, and Operations tasks on a software project team such that the security tasks are blended in throughout the development cycle, end to end. The Dev-Sec-Ops share the responsibility of keeping security a top priority.
In this case, extra security gates are added; not only for the outside perimeter of the process. The DevSecOps model calls for this built-in security. A team following the DevSecOps model will continually discuss acceptable levels of risk and accordingly, create a risk-benefit analysis based on this collective decision. This discussion on acceptable security levels and controls is ongoing throughout the project.
Now, why exactly is DevSecOps trending? This article discusses the reasons behind it. You will see how DevSecOps contributes to happier and more satisfied customers as well as team members.
DevOps without security – What a risk!
In the DevOps and even a non-DevOps model, security was integrated at the end of the development lifecycle. The security-related tasks were conducted on their own by the Security team at the end of the project. In such situations, the system would be at risk if a security threat sneaked in before the security team was deployed to test the product. This is taking a big risk!
The following are the effects of a security attack on the software systems of your organization. The most important ones being:
- The cost of a security bug is higher when caught late in the project. Imagine all the backtracking and root cause analysis to be done if a security bug is caught late. Integrating Security checks from start to end ensures that security bugs are caught early.
- As an organization, if your customer feels you did not meet your product security and quality commitment, your company’s integrity is in question and there can be a loss of goodwill. Your customers will lose trust in your organization.
DevSecOps – Why are the Dev and Ops teams loving it?
Moving to the DevSecOps way of working implies a cultural change. The move will help the team in many ways:
- Automated testing of security – DevSecOps espouses security automation versus performing the security checks manually. The benefits of automation being many, we know why the teams find this beneficial.
- Many Development and Test automation platforms on the market already have inbuilt security features. Also, such tools allow integration with external tools that specialize in security. Thanks to this, much time and effort are saved by the software developers or QA engineers as time-intensive manual security checks are not necessary.
- Security is a shared responsibility – There is sharing of security expertise. Everyone follows the security guidelines. There is shared responsibility for the security-related functions across the board for the entire team; from developers to the Operations team.
- Increased communication – Increased communication drives the model through the entire process, wherein the dev and ops team are continuously sharing knowledge, techniques, tools, and metrics. This is contrary to the traditional way of working from silos.
- Closer collaboration strengthens the team working towards a common goal for strong security.
- The team continuously shares visibility, insights, and feedback on known threats.
- Team members upgrade their skills in the area of security.
- There are no surprises; everyone is aware of the security level of the product. The security team works together to keep apps secure from the first line of code to the last line of code into the final product.
- More effective teamwork – In DevOps, dev, and ops are both responsible for the reliability and quality of the product. Similarly, DevSecOps makes security a collective team effort throughout the project, rather than a surprise in the final step.
DevSecOps – Why do the customers love it?
- Application and Infrastructure security strategies are planned right from the start. Hence, there is less possibility of cyberattacks on the application. The customers are always informed through the whole process.
- The following aspects of the project are ramped- up in security, which assures the customers that all is on track:
- The data – Customers’ data is totally secure with additional security measures in place.
- The product dev and ops environment are always checked for any security attacks.
- All services have methods to minimize unauthorized access and connections.
- CI/CD processes are also secure, etc.
- Lower costs with the built-in security methods vs. integration at the end of the project resulting in higher costs.
- Automation runs based on security policies – This method increases the confidence in the organization’s entire SDLC process. The automated checks are more policy-driven versus the usage of the manual tool. Of course, anything manual slows down the whole process causing backlogs. Automatic tools not only track but also update dependencies that are vulnerable in the code. This way, hackers are not able to take advantage.
- Secure Coding practices, security vulnerability fixes, quality gate checks are all transparent to the customer
- Transparency and communication of all security-related info regarding the project to the customer – The customer is always kept aware. Tracking of security, even after production, i.e., post-launch is encouraged. And even after deployment, code and customer data are kept safe by continuously monitoring for vulnerabilities.
DevSecOps – Why are teams moving quickly to this model? And why is it actually easy to incorporate this process?
- There are many development and test automation tools that have integrated security features built-in from their IDE, their ability to integrate with external 3rd party tools that help add additional security gates.
- Thanks to the inbuilt security that the cloud already provides, many organizations rely on the cloud for secure data storage, services, etc. Moving to the cloud makes it easier to move to the DevSecOps model.
- Security automation tools are advanced in today’s world – with the help of AI and ML features built-in, the deployment of security controls is much easier.
- Advanced technologies such as containers, microservices, etc., already have the security features inbuilt into the container pipeline. Organizations have begun moving to the container applications quickly between different environments like dev, test, prod while retaining the functionality and security.
We now know why DevSecOps is trending! The software development and operations team love it and the customers love it, too! Though the move to DevSecOps can seem intimidating in the planning stage, this move has been rewarding for many organizations.
Many businesses have discovered that the move to DevSecOps was actually easy to incorporate–thanks to the already available specialized, inbuilt-security ramped tools, dev and QA tools, the cloud, etc., that can be relied upon. So, why not move to DevSecOps now!