A new age of technology is here; a new age within DevOps. With a lot of conversations around this niche domain, a newer sect has come into being – DevSecOps. Security, traditionally, has been looked at and implemented in silos – generally at the end of any development cycle. With such compartmentalization, the whole SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) gets affected and the processes slow down even further.
With the advent of DevOps, development processes have surely expedited but with the inclusion of security within, an end-to-end process comes into being. Security is seamlessly amalgamated and automated within the DevOps journey and is kept in between to identify and eliminate any and all possible security vulnerabilities during the process itself.
Advantages of DevSecOps
The ushering of a new age with DevSecOps has brought in an array of benefits along – making it a go-to strategy for organizations. To name a few –
- Efficient deliverables – With DevSecOps, software deliverables are expedited even more. This is essentially due to the minimized efforts of security remediations post development. Since security is coherently embedded within the development process, from the get-go, remediations come down to a minimum and efforts are saved tremendously. This in turn helps in augmenting the deliveries further.
- Enhanced security – Malicious attacks and security vulnerabilities can be easily mitigated against, if they are identified from the very initial stages of development. Security patches can be efficiently incorporated within to avoid future risks. With such solutions in place from the get-go, security can be effectively enhanced.
- Automating security – As security makes a strong foothold within DevOps, automation can seamlessly come into the picture – helping speed-up the processes. CI/CD (Continuous Integration/ Continuous Delivery) pipeline acts as a catalyst within and makes software delivery more efficient than traditional processes.
- Optimization of resources – DevSecOps brings in the required level of efficiency – not just in terms of the processes but resources as a whole, too. From cost-effectiveness to saving time and efforts spent on manual processes, DevSecOps offers a key benefit in optimizing resources. Automating security testing and processes helps produce faster results as well as eliminate redundant overheads.
- Effective collaboration – With the introduction of DevSecOps, there comes an increased collaboration and knowledge sharing between teams – helping arrive at a holistic and end-to-end process. It brings a value-add to the organization as a whole, augmenting processes as well as teamwork.
There are other numerous advantages as well since DevSecOps has completely transformed the realm. Digital transformation has ushered in a new age of technologies, strategies and business operations as a whole – DevSecOps has become a key value-add within.
DevSecOps : The Need of the Hour
As organizations increasingly shift to a new DevOps environment and culture, the need of the hour also states the inclusion of DevSecOps. As DevOps, DevSecOps also needs to be understood as an ongoing journey and should be embraced comprehensively and throughout. Also, with organizations implementing DevOps, security teams also need to be at par with the frequent iterations and faster releases. What better than to include it from the get-go, itself? DevSecOps thus, is slowly paving its way within the broader functioning of organizations as well as in their pursuit of the DevOps culture.
DevSecOps has also become the need of the hour to bring in robustness of organizations’ security posture. In this day and age, with cyber attacks on the rise, organizations’ data is at the disposal of malicious hackers – compromising any and all confidential information of organizations or its users. A robust security posture can be surely achieved with coherent practices in place – a crucial one being DevSecOps. This will help security teams get involved in the product from the early stages and effectively collaborate with other teams for proactive deliverables.
Thus, DevSecOps is the present as well as the future. Organizations need to understand its significance and incorporate it within their DevOps processes to expedite their SDLC as well as create value-add – with the right tools and strategies in place. As the technological realm undergoes a transformation, organizations need to be better prepared to take on any challenges that may arise. Siloed operations are a thing of the past now, and the future of collaboration is waiting for us. So, what are you waiting for?