Use DevSecOps for effective IT security

DevSecOps is the key to achieving effective IT security in software development. By taking a proactive approach to security and making it part of the process from the start, DevSecOps ensures better application security.

It also enables organizations to quickly scale application security with fewer bottlenecks and setbacks. Some critical aspects of the DevSecOps approach and best practices can help organizations begin to implement this development strategy.

Building DevSecOps for efficiency

DevSecOps is a more effective approach to IT security by design. The traditional approach to software development is much more segmented, typically leaving security until the end of the process. This can lead to delays and bottlenecks caused by security issues that pervade the entire application, such as dependencies built on sections of code that contain security vulnerabilities. Then the security team should go back and fix any errors that the developers could have detected and fixed earlier in the development process, had they identified them.

With the DevSecOps approach, programmers integrate security into every step of the development process. Collaboration and communication between development, operations, and security teams allows for faster progress and remediation of security vulnerabilities after release. Since they involve protection at every stage of the development process, there are no bottlenecks at the end of development. Ultimately, this cooperation creates stronger and more secure applications with faster turnaround time.

Best practices for effective IT security

When implementing DevSecOps, there are a few specific best practices that will help ensure success. These tactics will maximize the effectiveness of IT security in the software development process and after release.

1. Prioritize quality assurance

Quality assurance should be a top priority for a successful DevSecOps strategy. Organizations can ensure that they are building applications with the most effective security measures possible through frequent testing. Quality assurance testing, such as vulnerability assessments, can help catch security vulnerabilities early, preventing late-stage security backlogs.

2. “Left Shift”

The concept of “shift to the left” is central to the DevSecOps approach. It’s about moving security from the right end to the left end of the development timeline, moving it to the beginning of the process. The development team should include security personnel and assessments from the start. The cybersecurity team should be part of this group, not the one the app is going to belong to. Security experts can immediately identify flaws through this arrangement and help craft every aspect of the application with security in mind.

This is especially important when the goal is effective IT security. By integrating the cybersecurity team with the development team, the process of creating a new application and deploying it is much more efficient. It eliminates long delays for security patches and expands for security to begin with.

3. Fold in DataOps

DataOps uses automation to deliver more informative and timely data analytics. This is especially important for organizations that need to go through frequent release cycles for their applications, which DevSecOps is great at facilitating. Integrating DataOps into the DevSecOps process can help keep things running smoothly after an app is released.

This will help track and maintain data and ensure it is collected and processed securely. DataOps personnel can design and optimize data pipelines so that they operate as efficiently as possible. This will improve the overall efficiency of the application and the development process.

4. Automated tools and processes

Automation in any application is sure to lead to greater efficiency. Software development and IT security are no exception. Organizations can save time, money and energy by automating as many tools and processes as possible. This allows you to focus more on building apps and performing more complex, high-priority tasks such as security testing. In fact, developers can even automate some basic security testing, such as code quality testing or vulnerability scanning.

In addition to improving workflow efficiency, automating certain tools and processes can also help ease the onboarding of DevSecOps teams. In environments where these teams may not work together smoothly at first, automated processes can add a level of stability as few will question the validity of an algorithm’s objective conclusions.

5. Training and corporate culture

The importance of training and company culture cannot be overstated in successfully implementing a DevSecOps approach. These are essential to create efficiency in IT security through DevSecOps. On the one hand, training is often needed to instill an understanding of the three disciplines in these formerly siled departments. This is particularly important when it comes to cybersecurity. Integrating security into application development is much more effective when everyone knows basic security principles.

A security expert doesn’t always need to be on site or constantly checking every line of code. Instead, everyone in IT has a basic understanding of how to build and maintain more secure software.

Corporate culture also plays its own vital role in DevSecOps. It’s important to remember that this approach often bridges deep and wide gaps between development, security, and operations departments. An underlying corporate culture of collaboration, growth, and communication is needed to foster good teamwork and integration between these departments. It’s also a great opportunity to instill a security mindset at the organizational level, further improving IT security.

Building effective IT security with DevSecOps

Organizations must address underlying security issues throughout the application lifecycle to create more effective IT security. It starts with applying security to application development early on rather than at the end of the process. DevSecOps facilitates the effectiveness of security principles and the integration of testing at every stage of the software development lifecycle. By adopting this collaborative approach, organizations can deploy and update their software more quickly and securely, with effective and efficient IT security.


About the Author: Devin Partida is a cybersecurity and data privacy writer whose work is regularly featured on Yahoo! Finance, Entrepreneur, AT&T’s Cybersecurity Blog, and other well-known industry publications. She is also the editor of ReHack.com.

Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this guest author article are solely those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect those of Tripwire, Inc.

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