As security threats continue to evolve, organizations are turning toward DevSecOps to integrate security with operations and development functions. That integration ensures businesses are protected throughout the lifecycle, and delivers higher quality products.
In the days of the legacy data center, service management was a very different beast. Everyone working in their silos, largely oblivious to the rest of the team. With the advent of cloud came an appreciation of the advantages a close-knit development and operations function could bring, as well as the cost-savings associated with a reduced headcount, and DevOps was born.
Cloud continued to grow, and the organizations that prized agility and growth so highly began to realize the cost of unsafe software. They needed to consolidate their positions, safeguard their reputations, their customer data, ensure regulatory compliance, and generally become mature. The realization dawned that in prioritizing delivery optimization and agility, security had been left behind as the world changed around them.
DevSecOps exists to bring security back into the fold by:
In short, DevSecOps promotes a mindset where security is everybody’s responsibility.
The principle of ‘Shift Left’ is that a process traditionally undertaken later in the lifecycle is performed earlier. DevSecOps sees security embedded in the solution development process from requirements gathering through to design and product development, rather than as a bolt-on afterthought, last-minute remediation, or post-deployment patch.
DevSecOps builds on the DevOps delivery model at all stages:
DevSecOps makes security a priority and enables security issues to be discovered and resolved before they become vulnerabilities. Development staff write code adhering to best practice, advised by security staff, and leveraging DevSecOps Tools such as static application security testing (SAST), dynamic application testing (DAST), interactive application security testing (IAST), and source composition analysis (SCA) to detect and remediate insecure code before promotion through the lifecycle.
Identifying and eliminating security issues early decreases the effort associated with remediation while improving the quality and security of the product. The importance of DevSecOps to organizations is that continuous integration and continuous delivery are joined by continuous security, providing assurances to organizations and their customers that the applications and services, as well as the IT infrastructure upon which they run, are secure by design.
DevSecOps improves software development and delivery by reducing costs, while enabling an increase in the volume of change the end-to-end process can support securely. By ensuring code is secure by design as well as being robustly checked at every stage, openness and transparency are increased. This raises the bar for everyone and makes security the responsibility of all rather than an afterthought.
Post-implementation, overall security is improved, and immutable infrastructure enabled by security automation. This automation improves consistency as well as product quality, which is enhanced by faster responses to security incidents should they occur. DevSecOps drives security improvement in software development and delivery by:
Shifting left is easy with holistic solutions that enable effortless integration with CI/CD pipelines, creating software products that are secure by design throughout the lifecycle. Check Point CloudGuard is designed for the modern enterprise, bringing the following functions to your CI/CD pipelines, as well as many more.
These are some of the DevSecOps tools you will find in CloudGuard:
You’re welcome to contact us to support your team’s shift to a comprehensive DevSecOps strategy.