What Is DevSecOps and Why Is It Important?
To accurately define DevSecOps, it’s important to first look at the advent of DevOps — or Development/Operations — as a methodology that was created to help organizations improve the agile manner they utilize to develop, deliver, and maintain support for their products and services.
DevOps was initially aimed at boosting software developers’ ability to keep pace with their customers’ needs and demands. However, it was quickly adopted by companies both large and small — even Netflix uses it to spot glitches in its software.
In the DevOps model, anything that impedes the agility and speed of bringing a new product, service, or iteration of a program to market is seen as an obstacle. But especially for companies involved in the IT and software development sectors, releasing a product too quickly can create unacceptable levels of risk — especially concerning the potential of costly recalls, emergency fixes, and vulnerability to cyber threats.
Fortunately, by integrating security squarely into the DevOps methodology, companies that adopt DevSecOps as an active part of their culture are better equipped to avoid exposure to risk without sacrificing agility and speed.
How DevSecOps Works
Unlike a physical product, professional service, or regulatory guideline, DevSecOps has far more in common with a Lean manufacturing mindset or philosophy. As opposed to traditional software releases that involve a development team handing off its product for testing by security, DevSecOps incorporates security into every step of development. That way, everyone accepts that security is part of their job, as opposed to some isolated activity.
DevSecOps ensures that the following steps make security a priority and are carried out on a consistent basis:
- Security requirements are documented and implemented
- Security is built into design activities
- Security is the first thing considered before a line of code is written
- Security testing features are considered first and foremost in test development and execution
- Security is considered for any changes that are introduced into a system
In this manner, DevSecOps makes security a team-wide responsibility rather than an à la carte activity performed at the end of development by a separate team. By making security the first thing the development team thinks of, it ensures that security issues are addressed with sufficient time allocated to perform security-related tasks.
In addition, DevSecOps is most successful when management embraces the idea that security is the utmost priority for an application and supports the development team’s security-related activities.
Why DevSecOps Is Important
DevSecOps gives organizations the confidence that their applications are as secure as possible. While no application is 100% secure, DevSecOps implementation ensures that security is the primary focus in all development activities — not an add-on activity that may or may not be addressed based on timelines and deadlines.
By taking this approach, companies develop more confidence in their applications — plus, it strengthens their overall brand and even enhances their customers’ loyalty.
Benefits of DevSecOps
When security becomes an integral part of every step of the development process, DevSecOps offers companies that adopt its agile methodology several key benefits — including, but not limited to:
- Faster response to change and shifting customer needs
- Earlier identification and correction of code vulnerabilities
- Increased use of automation, especially with regard to quality control testing
- Better cloud service deployment(s) with robust security protocols
- Enhanced communications and collaboration between coworkers and teams
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