Strengthening Application Security with DevSecOps

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Strengthening Application Security with DevSecOps

Application security should never be taken for granted and should never be sacrificed in the name of functionality or speed. DevSecOps ensures that the majority of vulnerabilities in an application are detected before the code is deployed for production by detecting vulnerabilities in networks, apps, and infrastructure early in the development cycle.

With the increasing DevOps conundrum, many forward-thinking enterprises are looking to DevSecOps approaches to enable them in integrating security into the application development lifecycle.

Businesses can ensure continuous application security as part of their DevOps processes by implementing DevSecOps. At every level of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), security will be deployed strategically. Enterprises can use DevSecOps strategies to apply left-shift techniques to incorporate security measures early in the SDLC. This enables DevOps teams to swiftly and efficiently address software vulnerabilities by detecting application security vulnerabilities early in the SDLC.

Here are a few ways how adopting DevSecOps can boost the entire software delivery life cycle.

Security occurs during development, not afterward

DevSecOps integrates application security testing early in the operations and development workflow, rather than depending on post-development evaluations and scans to discover possible application security concerns. This “shift left” approach to security allows developers to address vulnerabilities before they reach production, reducing risk and speeding up delivery.

Security is built in, not bolted on

The most secure apps are those for which security has always been a top priority. By providing security professionals a place at the table and including their input from the start of app development and operations, DevSecOps processes ensure that applications do not rely on tacked-on defenses.

As a result, security is built-in. The DevSecOps strategy makes security an inherent component of essential application frameworks and functions, rather than uncovering application vulnerabilities with post-release security fixes that hinder product rollouts at best and force recalls at worst.

Automation is made possible by integrated security

DevOps and DevSecOps both prioritize automating processes to make things easier. Automation in DevOps speeds up application development by streamlining design, testing, and deployment.

Also, including application security at the start of the software development process allows teams to detect, resolve, and prevent application flaws early in the pre-production phase, as well as in production. Teams can successfully automate vulnerability security and detection measures into a continuous delivery workflow with this integrated method.

Also Read: Three Reasons Why Application Security Is a Game-Changer for Every Organization

Eliminating silos through sharing security intelligence

DevSecOps tries to eliminate more of the long-established barriers between organizational departments. The security silos — the data and apps that each department manages in its own unique way — cause immediate hassles while also signaling deeper issues with observability and exchange of essential data.

Efforts to implement DevSecOps level the playing field by establishing a framework of shared solutions, data, and security processes that all teams can use throughout the software development lifecycle. While distinct processes may have various use cases and customizations, shared resources linked to a common workflow help address silos at scale.

Security needs to be a shared responsibility

When comparing DevOps with DevSecOps, it’s clear that both aim to bring different processes together through a combination of automation and agility. One thing security can do to help DevOps is emphasizing the idea that security is everyone’s responsibility.

If DevOps staff does not comprehend the relevance of the security practices indicated or believes that these policies hamper their work, their relationships with security employees might range from apathetic to antagonistic.

True DevSecOps implementation necessitates a culture shift. Rather than merely bringing three distinct disciplines under one management umbrella, DevSecOps expects everyone to follow security best practices that are relevant to their function and have a security-focused mentality. This leads to a shared responsibility model which aids in the development of a secure product.

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