Although the digital revolution has carried many advantages with it, it has also made us more susceptible to cyber-attacks. In this way, it has become more important to protect your development projects against the malicious hackers of the century. The difficult part of this is when you try to scale security to your entire enterprise, especially when such development projects are characterised by the rising threats against such projects.
This is where DevSecOps enters. DevSecOps is borne out of its predecessor DevOps and aims at protecting your project against any vulnerabilities that might be visible during the developmental process. So, let us understand what DevSecOps really is.
What is DevSecOps?
Before we understand what, this is, let us briefly understand what DevOps is. Put together, these two words essentially abbreviate into Development and Operations. Simply put, it is a software methodology that aims at automating the processes that lie between software development and the team creating it, so that they can build, test and release software much faster and with much greater ease.
In the same way, what DevSecOps is, is a combination of three words, Development, Security and Operations and this gives us a sense of what exactly this means. The idea behind this was to integrate “Security with Code”. When you are looking at speeding up the development process, you might miss out on certain steps which are essential for identifying any flaws in unreleased and untested code or resisting any kind of effort in adding security controls to the code before it is released.
How does DevSecOps apply to software development?
DevSecOps is definitely not new when it comes to being adopted by large organizations, working towards realizing the value of secure applications and software environments for their products. There have been many organizations that have worked with this in the fields of financial services, technology, e-commerce and others. There are some implementations of this methodology that start bottoms-up and are meant only for that. There are other uses of this methodology which can be applied to the entire organization as a whole. It has become important during this time, because, now there are more software applications that are making use of open source technologies and this exposes these softwares to more vulnerabilities and potential loop-holes that could damage the entire ecosystem, which is why it has become even more important to bring in certain commercial tools that are responsible for tracking, assessing the vulnerability components of the overall digital eco-system.
How is DevSecOps important in current times?
DevSecOps essentially mixes the approaches of DevOps and its own robust approach towards providing security. DevSecOps gives security to the very foundation of the development process, which means right at the start. Security is taken care of right at the initial stages of development, so that there is no problem towards the end of the development cycle.