DevSecOps is short for development, security and operations. It’s objective is to make everyone accountable for security with the focus on implementing security decisions and actions at the same scale and speed as development and operations decisions and actions.
Another way of looking at it: DevSecOps is the philosophy of integrating security practices within the DevOps process. DevSecOps involves creating a “Security as Code” culture with ongoing, flexible collaboration between release engineers and security teams.
A 2017 EMA report found the top two benefits of security operations: better ROI in existing security infrastructure and improved operational efficiencies across security and the rest of IT.
Another top benefit identified in the study was the ability to make full use of cloud services. As more organizations rely on cloud applications to keep operations up and running, security efforts independent of those performed by AWS are crucial to prevent costly downtimes.
The safety features inherent in DevSecOps have many other considerable benefits, such as:
- Team member assets are freed to work on high-value work
- Better collaboration and communication among teams
- Early identification of vulnerabilities in code
- An ability to respond to change and needs rapidly
- Greater speed and agility for security teams
- More opportunities for automated builds and quality assurance testing
A DevSecOps approach helps enterprises address security threats more effectively, in real time. It is important to view security teams as a valuable asset that help prevent slowdowns rather than a hindrance to agility. For example, scalability in the cloud requires embedding security controls on a larger scale. Better threat modeling and management of system builds is needed as technology-driven businesses evolve at a rapid pace.
Components of a DevSecOps approach include:
- Threat investigation
- Compliance monitoring
- Code analysis
- Vulnerability assessment
- Change management
Training software and IT engineers with guidelines for set routines is also key to a better DevSecOps approach for organizations.
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