DevSecOps Challenges & Security Gaps


The most challenging part of DevSecOps implementation is to generate security and existing business process, culture, and people complement each other.

The adoption of DevOps is spreading on a wider level but still, numerous enterprises are struggling with cultural problems limiting the security practitioners’ influence in DevSecOps practices that are crucial for developing next-generation cloud applications and services.  As per A maturing DevSecOps landscape survey by GitLab 2021, the COVID outbreak has made enterprises and their teams embrace cutting-edge DevOps technologies like Kubernetes, artificial intelligence, etc. Out of 4300 respondents, 84% of developers agreed that they were launching new software faster compared to what they were doing it before.  However, security integration into the DevOps lifecycle is not that fast and easy. There are several challenges that are faced by organizations while implementing DevSecOps.

Cloud Complexity

This is an infrastructural challenge that happens when the multi-cloud deployments use a wide cloud services range leveraging the automation heavily making it more difficult to keep up with security. This constant infrastructure security, compliance assurance, and data security create big challenges for enterprises.

Tool Misuse and Alert Exhaustion

A quickly growing range of cloud security services has been developed in response, accompanied by a rapidly growing range of cloud services. This resulted in an overflow of high volumes of alerts from each tool that is difficult for the security professionals to focus on the most important fixes.

Also Read: Advanced Security Challenges in Multi-Cloud Settings

Compatibility Problems

Another infrastructural challenge of DevSecOps is that the open source tools have a repository of frameworks, codes, libraries, and templates boosting tools’ productivity but carry security issues as well if not properly used or audited. This continuous access to varied tools activates consistent security mechanisms compatible with the DevOps tools and techniques process in order to secure and mitigate security issues as they emerge across the development process.

Vulnerabilities Identification and Fixing

According to the report, 20 Statistics That Today’s DevSecOps Teams Should Know given by Security Boulevard, in contrast to 22% at firms with a mature DevSecOps methodology, 50% of apps are always vulnerable to attack in organizations that have not adopted DevSecOps. Due to the fact that security testing often occurs at the end of the development cycle, developers frequently patch or rewrite code very late in the process, which adds time and expense.

Speed and Security Balance

Every team, including security, must keep up with DevOps’ emphasis on speed and agility in order to keep the innovation engine running. In reference to keeping up with DevOps, it refers to the security foundation creation that is agile, adaptable, and fast. The security of deployments is a challenging task, and outdated security tools and procedures are not up to the task. This has a detrimental impact on the development and deployment process’s speed.

Resources Unavailability & Knowledge Gap

The studies say that many organizations still suffer from a lack of adequate working knowledge of DevSecOps practices and the restricted staff, tools, and budget allocations cause other challenges to comprise bridge the knowledge gap. The developers’ security lack ness and expertise compliance create major issues for the enterprises.

Also Read: What Enterprises Need to Know About DevSecOps

Disputes Between Cross-functional Teams

As developers predominately look for faster development on tight delivery timelines and security teams are concerned with the safety of both environment and code and these cross-functional teams work in solitude. This working of the developers and security teams leads to friction in operations challenging the goals and practices and mitigating the tension between them to work as a single team.

Accountabilities Alignments

This is an organizational challenge faced while DevSecOps deployment as the environment of DevOps is dynamic and constantly changing teams.

The miscommunication between developers and security teams taking accountability for security and risk mitigation creates big chaos.

However, practically the security team is accountable to originate security policies and ensure that developers and operators are working according to the security standards delivering the secure codes, and working as advisors. But the non-alignment between the teams and the realization of accountability is one of the hardest parts of DevSecOps adoption.

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