Development security operations works to implement security practices into each stage of the application lifecycle as developed by a DevOps team.
Development security operations is an addition to development
operations, or DevOps, that looks to implement security practices into
the cycles of application development and deployment within a DevOps
Security used to be part of an isolated team with isolated
processes and did not play an integrated role in the development of an
application. A DevSecOps cycle can integrate all three aspects of rapid
development and include all three crucial steps
Software development has traditionally released over a longer period of time because the software must go through a series of tests from separate security and quality assurance teams, which creates silos and contributes to a longer release time.
More modern software development works in smaller rollouts within a cloud-based system. Agile development practices have become more prevalent as code is rolling out more quickly and usually in an automated manner. Companies can innovate more quickly with the use of new processes and tools.
DevOps developed as a result of new cloud rollout capabilities, but security was frequently left out of the process. DevSecOps corrects this process by implementing security testing at a higher level and within the continuous development cycle.
A DevSecOps environment accounts for:
Ideally, a company implements both Agile and DevSecOps. The two can work independent of each other—but DevSecOps can be implemented in nearly every environment.
Agile is a project management mindset that requires a cultural shift in how departments function and products are developed. It relies on rapid development and sequences within an organization. DevOps requires a cultural shift in a similar manner. Both focus more on how frequently something is delivered while calling for collaboration between both development and operations to plan, design, and roll out projects in the most effective way possible.
DevSecOps, ultimately, is meant to achieve a successful integration between security and development. Team goals should include agility and adaptability to changes in the industry, cloud integration capabilities, and detailed steps that fuse development, security, and operations into a single system that help companies achieve those goals.
Aspects of DevSecOps include:
The entire operations and development environment should be considered, including container registries, CI/CD, release automation, source control repositories, operational management and monitoring, and API management. Organizations are capable of adopting agile development cycles, which has assisted in new security measures and stronger products.
Containers have enabled dynamic and greater scalability of infrastructure. DevSecOps should adapt practices to align with container-specific security. Security must be carefully implemented at each step of the development lifecycle, as cloud-native technologies don’t quite adhere to strict security checklists. Security should be built into every level of application development to protect the environment, as well as CI/CD practices.
There are constantly new developments in IT, cloud computing, and applications. A DevSecOps strategy can keep companies competitive and agile while staying in compliance and constantly adapting to necessary changes. There is typically a longer amount of time spent on configuring a security environment right before or after an application launch, which can create synergy issues among a team environment who are not accounting for security along the way. Collaboration between teams can create a more efficient workplace, which is becoming increasingly more and more necessary for companies.
There are clear security goals from the beginning that can be implemented into the development process, which ensures that coding, testing guidelines, encryption, secure APIs, and instructions for state and dynamic analyses are optimized. The team will become more proficient with security during the development process, which can help in the identification of security issues when there has been a needed security incident response of some type. Some additional benefits include:
It is crucial for developers to acquire the necessary skills to fix security issues without consulting outside security experts or vendors. There should be managerial buy-in at all levels to prevent any clashing or overlapping of responsibilities, which can create confusion and prevent a smooth team synergy.
It can be difficult for teams to bring together fragmented tools to meet security policies. Traditional security vendors have altered their products to appeal to DevSecOps needs: flexibility and ease of use needed by developers, and analytics and reporting capabilities needed by CISOs and security teams.
Companies are increasingly implementing automated scans as an aspect of CI/CD pipelines. But, security debt, or the number of vulnerabilities that developers have not chosen to fix, may make results of CI/CD not as apparent. Implementing a change toward DevSecOps should exponentially decrease the vulnerability existing, especially with the combination of manual and automated testing of code.
Businesses will be capable of delivering better products with the
implementation of Agile methodologies and DevSecOps. There should be
management buy-in at all levels that help drive the engineering of
development, security, and operations without unnecessary silos. A
business should take the time to build out work flows at a top level,
then narrow them down to help form a better DevSecOps system that can be
part of a larger organizational goal.
Team members should be engaged with DevSecOps from the very beginning through every phase of an effort. This strengthens the ability to limit work in progress, improve delivery, and manage outages, and work within compliance guidelines.
Identify, prioritize, and respond to threats faster.