From DevOps to DevSecOps- Addressing DevOps Security Challenges
Historically, the software was managed across silos. Thanks to the modern development of infrastructure as code, continuous deployment, and integration tooling, cloud computing, automated testing, and containerization, DevOps has slowly become the new norm.
DevOps is an increasingly popular approach to software development that integrates the previously separate roles of IT operations and software development. Currently, DevOps teams collaborate to continuously build, release, and manage software in faster cycles. While this integrated approach for development and operations, has been praised and adopted by many organizations, they are often slow to adapt to security within their framework.
Building a Robust DevOps Security Framework
DevOps security refers to securing the entire DevOps environment with the help of technology, strategies, policies, and processes. Security should be built into every part of the DevOps lifecycle, that brings inception, design, build, test, release, support, maintenance under a common umbrella.
This type of “baked-in” DevOps security is often called DevSecOps across enterprise circles. The DevSecOps aims to improve security through improved collaboration overlaying the entire DevOps workflow. DevOps security relies on strategic collaboration between departments, which help to implement security practices at every step. Teams should ensure that their software is protected and reliable.
Through continuous monitoring, testing, and automation are critical to DevOps Security, but the real secret to improved security for DevOps is communication.
Best Security Practices
Here are the tools and practices that enterprises can incorporate into their DevOps process to ensure secure DevOps applications-
Adopting Secure DevOps Model-
Cross-functional collaboration is critical to integrate security into the entire DevOps lifecycle effectively. This means that everyone must take responsibility and adhere to security practices. Enterprises can train security and other professionals for them to acquire new skills. Security teams should be able to work with APIs and write code, while the developers should be responsible for automating security tasks.
Implementing Security Protocall’s-
Security policies and governance are essential tools critical to addressing consistent management of security risks. The teams must establish a clear, concise, and easy-to-understand set of policies and procedures for configuration management, code review, access controls, vulnerability testing, and firewalling. They must be familiar with security protocols, and maintain operational visibility to keep track of compliance.
Giving Automation a Chance-
Enterprises can automate many of their tools and security processes, which will help them to scale and speed up their security operations to keep up with the pace of this process—addressing issues of vulnerability discovery and fixes, privileged access, configuration management, and code analysis being to a conclusion that they must all be automated. Without automation, it is difficult to perform a comprehensive discovery that identifies potential threats and vulnerabilities. Automation is a critical factor that mitigates human error, saving time, allowing developers and security teams to address securities and vulnerabilities.
Summing up, DevSecOps can enable a productive DevOps ecosystem, while predictively identifying and remediating code vulnerabilities and operational weaknesses across the ecosystem much before they occur.
Introducing DevOps security early into the product lifecycle ensures that security underpins every part of application and systems development. This reduces the possibility of data breaches, enhances availability, and subsequently ensures the development and provisioning of powerful technology to meet the current and future business needs of the modern enterprise.