Adopting DevSecOps

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What is DevSecOps?

DevSecOps refers to integrating security objectives as early as possible in a DevOps software delivery model. In DevsecOps, security is introduced as a shared responsibility from the beginning to the end of the software development lifecycle.

DevSecOps also includes automating some security practices to avoid slowing down the DevOps workflow. To implement DevSecops successfully, there needs to be a change in culture, process and tools used.

DevSecOps points out the need to have security teams as partners at the beginning of a DevOps project and developers to write code with security in mind.

Automating Security in DevSecOps.

One of the principal aspects of DevSecOps is automation. Running security checks manually in your pipeline may be time consuming and tedious, hence the need to automate these checks.

Among the ways you can automate security checks include:

  • Check code quality using static application security testing(SAST). In the context of DevOps, SAST can be used during developer code commit, before a build process or as a post-build process. For ease of assessment, the results should be sorted based on the priority level of the vulnerability.
  • Dynamic application security testing(DAST).

DAST tools identify vulnerabilities in web applications and APIs. The approach used mimics that of a hacker trying to interact with your API or web application. DAST tools do not require access to your source code and therefore can be used as a post-build process.

  • Security policies should automatically be applied during code commit with an option to approve some exceptions if need be.
  • Include scanning at the container level.

Nowadays, most applications leverage containerization for shipping and deployment. Some of these containers may have vulnerabilities that might easily be overlooked. It is, therefore, crucial to automate scans for containers to avoid releasing containers that have vulnerabilities.

Benefits of DevSecOps. 

  1. Cost Reduction.

Identifying vulnerabilities before deployment helps in reducing risks and operational costs.

  1. Fast Software Delivery.

When developers write code with security in mind, there is less time used to fix security vulnerabilities and risks after deployment.

  1. Automated Compliance Reporting.

Automation platforms that log and document information collected – from build, test, integration and production phases – can use the information to create an end-to-end audit trail report.

  1. Boosting the Value of DevOps.

A DevOps culture that is built with security being a key consideration is more reliable and can guarantee a higher success rate. DevSecOps enhances these transformative efforts.
Organizations that have adopted DevSecOps tools have already laid a powerful foundation in their digital transformation journey. Here at Boldlink, we will help you realize your DevSecOps requirements faster and in record time. Kindly schedule a call with us today.

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