Three Security Strategy Questions for DevSecOps

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Three Security Strategy Questions for DevSecOps

While the software industry celebrates a decade of DevOps, there’s a growing push to adopt DevSecOps and make security a part of the software development process from the start. For modern IT firms, developing secure software while meeting the market speed and scale requirements is a conundrum.

Security should always be a priority, but in the race to explore new ideas or deliver apps faster, it’s easy to overlook it, as was the case with DevOps. The only approach to solve this problem is to create a security ecosystem during the development stage and maintain it throughout the lifecycle. The easiest way to incorporate DevSecOps essentials is to take a proactive approach.

Here are a few questions to consider when it comes to the security strategy for DevSecOps.

What are companies doing to foster a positive security culture?

This is a big question: Even the framing is strategic, reflecting the various elements and continuous commitment required for a strong security culture that spreads throughout a company. Simply stating “we perform DevSecOps” without providing evidence is a recipe for disaster.

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To properly adopt DevSecOps methods, funds need to be set aside not just for development and operations tools, but also for the security team’s resources and tools.

Technology evolves at a breakneck speed, and security is no exception. As a result, it’s critical that employees have access to and can participate in hands-on training on a regular basis to ensure that their knowledge, abilities, and judgment remain current.

Where does there seem to be a conflict between security and business objectives?

The question is self-explanatory: DevSecOps was designed in part to reduce friction and bottlenecks that have historically increased rather than decreased risks. What are businesses doing about it? is a subtext to the question.

This friction frequently goes unaddressed because, well, it’s unaddressed. People avoid pointing it out or talking about it for a variety of reasons, including poor relationships, fear, cultural acceptance, and others. Leaders should take an active role in this by demonstrating a willingness to talk about it without pointing fingers or engaging in other harmful behaviors.

Leaders should be continuously exploring and seeking to understand where the business and DevSecOps collide. These frequently uncomfortable discussions will aid firms in refocusing their teams’ priorities on the company’s objectives. A healthy culture is marked by a willingness to engage in awkward conversations as a means of achieving long-term good change.

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Is it true that security metrics accurately reflect performance?

A data-driven organization’s general principle is to “measure everything.” However, this does not always imply that organizations value each metric equally or at all. It also doesn’t mean that every figure is self-evident: businesses should examine and evaluate quantitative measurements in the context of their larger company.

It’s always necessary to take a step back and evaluate what’s working and what isn’t, so the first thing organizations should do is examine their KPIs. Do they accurately reflect the organization’s existing risk?

Things change during the course of a year; indeed, they can change in the course of a day in security. To ensure that organizations stay current and develop an accurate picture of where things stand, they should reevaluate their metrics and the context in which they are interpreting their meaning.

Furthermore, organizations can rephrase the same underlying question in a variety of ways, resulting in diverse responses or signals.

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