A DevSecOps pipeline, which is a CI\CD pipeline with integrated security practices and tooling, adds practices and functions like scanning, threat intelligence, policy enforcement, static analysis, and compliance validation to the software development lifecycle (SDLC). Instead of tacking security on to the end of projects with point-in-time audits and penetration tests after code is deployed, DevSecOps bakes security in at every step of the process. This includes building, testing, and deploying software where security was often an afterthought.
Enterprises that can build DevSecOps pipelines successfully can improve security posture, development throughput, and code quality. However, getting it right isn’t easy. Here, we take a closer look at exactly what DevSecOps pipelines are and how enterprises can build security into their CI\CD pipelines.
DevSecOps is essential to every development project because it has proven to be the most effective way to deliver secure, high-quality software in practice. The DevSecOps mindset brings security into the fold with operations and development, and creates an environment where security is “everyone’s” responsibility.
By adopting a security focus from the beginning of a project — a.k.a. shifting left — enterprises become more cooperative and productive. Traditionally, a disconnect between developers and cybersecurity teams leads to bottlenecks and expensive reworks at the end of projects. It also leads to cybersecurity being viewed as “the team of no” and developers doing just enough to get software approved for deployment. Shifting lift flips this paradigm and builds a culture that embeds security into everything it does, which increases throughput and quality in the long run.
DevSecOps CI\CD pipelines focus heavily on integrating DevSecOps tools and practices into the process of planning, building, testing, deploying, and monitoring software. Specifically, a DevSecOps pipeline contains these five continuous phases:
The key to effective DevSecOps pipelines is that these phases occur continuously throughout the SDLC.
While DevSecOps is about much more than just tools, DevSecOps pipeline tools are a key aspect of how DevSecOps pipelines get implemented. Here are some of the most important tools and services enterprises can use to build out their pipelines.
Tools like DAST, SAST, and IAST are key AppSec tools that apply to workloads regardless of where or how they’re deployed. However, from a tactical perspective, deployment models may drive the need for specific solutions. For modern digital enterprises, container and cloud workloads are now the norm. As a result, ensuring the security of cloud and container workloads is vital to overall enterprise security posture.
For container workloads, solutions like Kubernetes Security Posture Management (KSPM) help enterprises bring security scans, threat assessment, policy enforcement, and misconfiguration detection to Kubernetes clusters. With KSPM, enterprises can identify role-based access control (RBAC) issues, compliance issues, and deviations from predefined security policies. Importantly, KSPM integrates into CI\CD pipelines to enable shift left and the transition to a true DevSecOps pipeline.
Similarly, AWS pipeline security and Azure pipeline security create unique challenges for enterprises. Purpose-built tooling that integrates directly into these cloud services helps enterprises implement DevSecOps pipelines in the cloud, including multi-cloud environments. For example, Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) solutions enable enterprises to gain granular visibility into cloud assets and security groups, support compliance and governance requirements, and enforce just-in-time IAM access policies.
The challenges associated with securing workloads in the public cloud are difficult to address at scale. Enterprises need complete visibility, granular control, and active protection against security threats. In multi-cloud environments, achieving those security objectives comes with a variety of potential pitfalls and complications.
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