Security problems in companies are becoming more and more common, so it is not surprising that they give more and more critical to the methodologies or philosophies that help them ensure it. Today, we will focus on DevSecOps, a system that, according to the Cloud Security Alliance, has become essential to preserve the cybersecurity of companies and helps those companies with robust implementations discover DevSecOps flaws 11 times faster than those without. But, let us start at the beginning.
What is DevSecOps?
Development (development), security operations (security) (operations), and are the acronyms for DevSecOps. It is a solution to the traditional problems of software companies, ensuring delivery speed while guaranteeing security. Now, any critical security issue is preemptively resolved without letting it become a threat.
Its objective, therefore, is to guarantee the agility of code delivery. It keeps you safe while resolving potential development and security issues along the way.
How is DevOps different?
When we refer to DevOps, we discuss how the development (Dev) and operations (Ops) teams come together to work together, developing products faster, but without affecting their efficiency.
Formerly these teams worked separately, but now, DevOps engineers work with software developers, system administrators, and IT operations staff, supervising the work or implementing code in existing programs. In short, with DevOps, we seek to make software development faster by counting on the systems department; how is it different from DevSecOps? As the name itself indicates, the security part is added to the process. In this way, in addition to agility in software development with DevOps, we will achieve a security layer that allows us to detect vulnerabilities in the software at each step of the process and solve them before uploading to production.
Within the DevSecOps process, referring to the security field, we can distinguish two parts of it, referring either to the code or to the infrastructures that we will use applied to the code and called Security as Code (SaC), they would be related to the inclusion of security in the tools and development applications throughout the DevOps process.
On the other hand, the security part of the infrastructure or Infrastructure as Code (laC), which we discussed in another post on this blog, refers to the configuration of infrastructures as software through a group of tools, which they allow us to create, update or roll back versions of our infrastructure automatically and quickly.
Advantages and benefits of DevSecOps
We review some of its advantages or benefits for companies:
- Allows easy identification of code vulnerabilities.
- Work teams are more aware of business security
- There is better collaboration and communication between teams.
- Greater speed and agility in the application of security. We have more opportunities for automated builds and QA testing. The company has a more extraordinary ability to respond to changes.
- With multiple departments involved in security, the security team is freed up to do other higher-value tasks with greater security automation.
- Deliver software faster and more cost-effectively. • Increased customer confidence