A fully implemented DevSecOps practice is the best way to implement new applications, because security is not an afterthought, it is enabled throughout the entire life cycle. When issues (technical and security) are addressed consistently throughout the process, not only are new features and updates delivered more rapidly to the end user, but these same features and functions are inherently more secure and less likely to cause outages.
In the past, Development, IT Operations, and Security were separate domains that acted independently while working toward the same goal. This lack of coordination led to multiple issues, including delayed releases, incomplete feature sets, low user satisfaction, decreased employee morale and longer times to value for deployed applications. Worst of all, security checks were often left until deployment, which would lead to bottlenecks that can delay launch for months and expend resources fixing problem areas that could have already been determined and fixed during its development.
DevOps is focused on harmoniously combining the two disparate internal cultures of development organizations that want to change and build products quickly through code, and operations organizations that are focused on stability and maintenance. DevOps is not simply a set of tools, it must be a complete transformation of cultures in order to break down silos, automate key processes and spark cross-team collaboration so that all stakeholders in the software delivery process are aligned toward the shared objective of delivering quality software rapidly, reliably, consistently and repeatedly.
DevSecOps takes this cross organizational merging of cultures one step further to include the Security team as well. DevSecOps organizations believe that security needs to be central in every discussion and not an afterthought. The same roadblocks that existed between Development and Operations are perpetuated in organizations that leave security out of the equation until the very last step.
Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)
Organizations are pursuing new DevSecOps practices that integrate security with Dev and Ops, putting a new emphasis on incorporating security during the continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) process. It’s the emerging model for continuous security.
Success with CI and CD depends heavily on automation, because automation not only saves time, but it also reduces defects, increases consistency and enables self-service. By automating the CI/CD pipelines and encouraging open communication and collaboration, organizations can begin to span the chasm that separates the upstream development from the downstream deployment and establish the foundation for a DevSecOps transformation.
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