DevSecOps has recently become a crucial component of corporate AppSec strategies. A solution has emerged in the shape of security testing being integrated directly into the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) as a result of the emergence of digital transformation and the speeding up of software development processes.
DevSecOps adoption is driven by a number of factors, including the need to support digital transformation initiatives, accelerate value delivery, gain a competitive edge, reduce security remediation costs, and other factors. Despite the haste with which DevSecOps initiatives are being adopted, enterprises occasionally fail, and the causes of these failures are preventable.
DevSecOps is a constant learning process, not just a practice. Businesses need to steer clear of the following common myths if they want to succeed more quickly.
Ignoring the fact that DevSecOps is a work culture
The primary goal of DevSecOps is to alter the corporate culture in order to integrate security into development. The most important goal (and necessity) is to make security an intrinsic component of software quality, even though having the correct frameworks and tools is essential for success.
Companies that don’t make the necessary adjustments to their operations in order to transition to DevSecOps are likely to fail in their endeavors.
Every employee in the firm is held accountable for a high-quality product under the DevSecOps culture. DevSecOps is viewed as a burden by some firms because it necessitates the addition of several technologies, tools, and frameworks without any established best practices or standards. The truth is that each organization will have different best practices for implementing DevSecOps. Because of this, it must be a part of a larger culture in which Dev, Sec, Ops, and even other departments collaborate to produce the highest-quality software possible, including security.
Attempting to impose conventional security practices on DevOps teams
DevOps and security work at different speeds, which might be troublesome. DevOps teams may choose to disregard security if security places an undue burden on them or offers impractical solutions.
Everything is moving orders of magnitude more quickly than it did a decade ago, including applications, new services, updated products, and objects being shipped. However, much of the security mindset hasn’t changed. Eventually, that gatekeeper attitude is circumvented. DevOps teams need to be enabled by businesses so they can truly self-serve.
AppSec teams frequently spend a lot of money on expensive tools without properly doing PoV processes to understand how the product fits with their needs in the hope that the tools will take them on the correct path due to management pressure to kick start an AppSec program.
The processes are ultimately defined based on the capabilities of the chosen tools, which is far from being the vendor-agnostic approach necessary in DevSecOps, rather than choosing the correct technologies that work well with the processes the company already has.
Companies shouldn’t ignore the possibility and reality of tool evolution. Therefore, it is much better to choose the appropriate tools based on the established processes rather than developing new methods each time a new tool is used. Because of their outstanding performance in specific programming languages and contexts, open-source security tools are now trusted alternatives to commercial solutions that can be used to start creating processes without breaking the bank.
In DevSecOps, a one-tool-fits-all strategy simply does not work, and businesses must comprehend their own technology stacks and how their development teams operate in order to design effective tooling for their DevSecOps processes.
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