DevSecOps Knits Security Services Into Product Development

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Contrary to popular belief, security services won’t slow production. Similarly, DevOps don’t have to proceed with a blind regard for security in order to quickly create innovative products.

DevOps and security can coexist in a practice known as DevSecOps. By bridging the two sides, DevOps can deliver applications and services at a high velocity without compromising security. Meanwhile, buy-in from security pros advances teamwork, coordination and shared responsibility.

Teamwork Catches Security Vulnerabilities Early

DevSecOps merges applications development, systems operations and security services. With DevSecOps, enterprises must apply security checks and controls automatically and transparently throughout the development and delivery of IT-enabled services. That means incorporating logging, event monitoring, configuration, patch management and other security measures directly into DevOps. Layering on standard security tools and processes won’t catch every flaw and will likely cost more in the long term.

DarkReading reports that high-performing IT teams that engage in DevSecOps work patterns spend 50 percent less time handling security issues because they fix problems throughout the entire product life cycle.

DevSecOps allows security pros to witness the challenges of securing code early in the development process. By working closely with developers from the beginning, security pros can offer meaningful input to catch code vulnerabilities. In turn, developers won’t feel as pressured to move the product along quickly because they’ll recognize the importance of baking security into their processes.

DevSecOps Improves Product Quality

If performed correctly, adding security into the DevOps mix won’t slow the creation of technologies. Executives can advance DevSecOps by providing meaningful financial and logistical support so that IT, quality assurance, developers and security can work together. An industry survey from Synotype revealed that 58 percent of IT pros believe that security inhibits DevOps agility, according to Network Computing. However, when the pipeline runs smoothly, DevSecOps processes are flexible and can adjust per project.

Businesses that have embraced DevSecOps show that security doesn’t sacrifice quality. With departments openly sharing information and working as a team, DevSecOps can create quality products that withstand the tests of today’s high-paced, app-powered business world and cybercriminal threats.

Not only will DevSecOps create stronger, more secure products — it will also improve productivity and reduce production costs. DevOps and security shouldn’t need to revisit many security flaws after a product release and interrupt work on the next project.

Moreover, DevSecOps will push down silos and put an end to close-to-the-vest practices. Honest and open collaboration between departments will create a working environment in which DevOps won’t view security as a hurdle and security will sympathize with the production and delivery demands that face DevOps.

Businesses need to be smart, fast, responsive and resilient. DevSecOps puts everyone on the same page to create effective technology that can quickly hit the market without sacrificing security.

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Albert McKeon

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Albert McKeon covers technology, health, business, politics and entertainment. He previously worked as a newspaper reporter for 16 years on the staffs of The Telegraph (N.H.) and Boston Herald, winning the New England Press Association’s Journalist of the Year award and other honors. He now writes as a freelancer for several magazines and news outlets, and creates content for organizations such as Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston College.

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