Discover how the union of IT security and IT operations can eliminate classic silos in your organisation.
As IT security becomes more robust, streamlining IT operations as a whole becomes more crucial than ever—especially as security threats continually evolve and pose unique, unanticipated threats.
Security operations is the merger and collaboration between IT security and IT operations, which prevents silos within the wider IT organisation. The objective is to meet security goals without compromising any IT performance.
SecOps was born partly as a result of the significant advantages and successes provided by DevOps. The DevOps methodology addresses the inherent misalignment between teams and departments. Specifically, DevOps brings together Development (Dev) and IT Operations (Ops) to better coordinate priorities and optimise communication, while integrating automation to ensure fast and eligible software delivery.
DevOps changed the way that organisations build software, resulting in major advances across a range of industries. As such, combining security and operations seemed like an obvious next step. SecOps aligns IT security and IT operations teams to ensure that all processes, including DevOps processes, can operate safely and securely.
Higher-level goals of SecOps are:
SecOps is continually evolving, which often leads to more complexities. Now more than ever, organisations are facing a more sophisticated threat landscape from across the globe, and security vulnerabilities are becoming more and more prevalent. But many organisations still haven’t implemented a sophisticated SecOps team. 28% indicated that SecOps teams are only brought in at the beginning of crucial IT projects. 15% say that they are brought in for every new project. The remaining 54% indicated that they are merely consulted on a few projects, if at all.
72% of companies indicated that security operations have become increasingly difficult, even when compared to two years ago. However, companies that have implemented SecOps have found it beneficial and great for ROI. Operations are improved and processes are more efficient across the security landscape and the rest of the IT infrastructure.
Return on investment: there is a greater ROI when SecOps is implemented as opposed to a traditional security environment.
Security and operations become streamlined: priorities are better managed and consolidated, communication and information are integrated, and tools and technology are joined together.
Reduced resources: key security procedures are automated, and effective responses are orchestrated for an all-around streamlined security plan.
Fewer cloud security issues: fewer security breaches, fewer vulnerabilities, and fewer security distractions for a safer security environment.
Fewer app disruptions: fewer configuration errors are made, and changes in application code are tied together with rules of deployment.
Better auditing procedures: known vulnerabilities can be proactively addressed. Policies for compliance with appropriate standards are automatically checked and enforced.
Some organisations may develop and administer their own training courses, some may seek out third-party courses created by a SecOps vendor, and others may create training that is a hybrid of the two. Regardless of the methodology, a company needs a well-trained and knowledgeable SecOps team to understand their roles, how security and operations merge, and how to function together as a whole.
A benefit of a SecOps organisation is that there is better collaboration between teams and communication about operations and security. Rather than disagreeing on code and applications during development and after deployment, a SecOps team would work simultaneously to create something more holistic.
There are several development tools available, but there need to be security tools available in conjunction with development tools to keep the system well-secured and running smoothly. There are many automated platform options that can manage procedures and run well with internal SecOps processes.
The benefits of SecOps are widely recognised. However, many businesses have trouble fully embracing this methodology to improve practices and processes. As we move further into the future of SecOps, organisations will begin to recognise that in order to enjoy the full advantages of SecOps, IT and security teams will have to become more aligned—not only on goals, but also in terms of improved communication. As security and IT departments become more accustomed to seeing each other as allies rather than obstacles, they will begin to see improved results from SecOps implementation.
As with DevOps, the ideology of SecOps will be the catalyst that drives the creation of new and better SecOps tools. As they become more widely implemented, these new tools will make SecOps even more accessible, winning over hold outs and becoming ingrained in practices across essentially every industry. When this happens, we will see SecOps truly begin to take shape, causing a cultural shift towards unified security and IT practices.
As SecOps becomes standard, organisations will need to be able to automatically implement security features to every new IT resource. Security-policies-as-code solutions, tailored to SecOps processes, will help provide reliable protection against digital threats, while also remaining flexible not to hamper innovation. Additionally, SecOps will move towards a more standardised format for security-incident tracking, allowing for identification, prioritisation, and remediation all on a single platform.
Automations is becoming absolutely essential, and will become even more integrated with SecOps process in the coming years. Evolving from SOAR solutions identification and resolution, SecOps automations will become essential to the methodology. SecOps automation will use fine-tune, role-based access, to acquire and eliminate threats, without hampering operations’ ability to evaluate security fixes and ensure that they don’t have a negative impact on important business operations.
SecOps is poised to change the way that IT security and IT operations coordinate, to produce air-tight security solutions delivered faster than ever. Learn more about SecOps and how it can improve your business.
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