Today, DevOps is ubiquitous among modern enterprises. Development teams of all sizes recognize the benefits of a DevOps culture, and most made DevOps-inspired workflows part of how they build, test, and deploy software. Overall, this has enabled enterprises to deliver better software faster.
However, even for reasonably mature DevOps organizations, there are still many security risks enterprises must address to protect their infrastructure. Shifting left and integrating security into the software development lifecycle (SDLC) with DevSecOps is the right way for enterprises to address these challenges. But getting it right requires understanding what DevOps risks and challenges exist within an organization and adopting the right tools, processes, and practices to address them.
Here, we take a closer look at DevOps vs. DevSecOps, and what enterprises can do to address common DevOps risks and challenges.
Fundamentally, the difference between DevOps and DevSecOps is simple: while DevOps performs security checks at the end of the SDLC, DevSecOps automates and codifies security throughout the entire SDLC from beginning to end.
Generally, with DevOps, security was something that happened at the end of development. Security issues may be detected at the QA — or even production — stage of development, but generally not sooner.
With DevSecOps, enterprises implement security checks at every stage of the CI\CD pipeline. Security is a priority during planning and design. Unit tests and static application security testing (SAST) ensure security in early development. Source composition analysis (SCA) helps detect security risks in libraries and dependencies. Black box security scans validate the security posture of every environment.
By not shifting security left, organizations face several DevOps risks and challenges that can compromise enterprise security posture. Some of the most common DevOps security issues are:
Check Point CloudGuard for DevSecOps provides enterprises with a holistic platform to help address DevOps risks and challenges. Specifically, CloudGuard offers enterprises:
If you’d like to see what CloudGuard can do for your enterprise, sign up for an application security demo today. Alternatively, if you’d like to quantify the security issues in your environment for free, sign up for a no-cost Cloud Security CheckUp.
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