By Tony Howlett

2018-01-29

Security

Our push as a tech industry to do things better, faster, and smarter isn’t always hubris – in many ways it stems from the sheer volume of tasks we’re each trying to complete at any given moment. It’s this need for efficiency that’s led to the rise of countless books, philosophies, and experimental projects geared toward analyzing and optimizing the software development process.

This focus gave way to the popularization of the idea of “DevOps,” a set of practices and automated processes that unify development and IT operations teams into a cohesive culture, working together to build, test, and release software and systems as quickly and reliably as possible. But in recent years, the industry has realized there’s a third silo who also needs to play a key role in the development process: security teams.

Rise of DevSecOps

With two of the most common application development approaches – agile and waterfall – security testing is a final, manual step. If the security team finds issues, it holds up release dates, increases costs, and makes the rest of the team very unhappy.

DevSecOps is the next evolution of development cycle optimization. As Amazon Web Services (AWS) put it in one primer on DevSecOps, a successful development project involves three competing forces: “Build it faster. Make it secure. Keep it stable.” By working together in collaboration all three silos can ensure their imperatives are met.

DevSecOps is a team effort that requires building automated security techniques – including automated provisioning, monitoring, testing, and continuous integration (CI) – into ongoing development processes.

It’s security at scale. With DevSecOps, security is no longer an individual team member’s role and it certainly isn’t an afterthought. If a team does choose to assign DevSecOps functions to a team member, their role is to implement the automation needed to audit code on an ongoing basis, not to audit each piece of code themselves.

According to Gartner, more than 50% of enterprise DevOps initiatives will incorporate application security testing for custom code by 2019, compared to less than 10% in 2016.

Need for Security at Scale

Successful DevSecOps relies on automation for a number of reasons. It removes human error from the equation – of key importance when security is at stake. Automated tools are also more effective than humans when it comes to catching security issues, and they can instantly launch and handle remediation at a pace human security pros can’t match. Often, they’re also better at figuring out what went wrong and how to avoid it in the future.

Implementing DevSecOps

DevSecOps can work for on-premise environments but it’s particularly well suited for the cloud, which supports programmatic testing and offers pre-packaged DevSecOps services, like the ones offered by AWS.

Let’s take a look at the differences between a typical DevOps CI/CD model and a DevSecOps CI/CD model in the cloud:


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As you can see, security is baked into each step of the process from top to bottom, giving teams an opportunity to remediate, rethink, and adjust their code at every stage.

AWS has made strong moves to become the cloud provider of choice for DevSecOps. This presentation provides a deeper dive on AWS’ cloud-based DevSecOps tools that’s worth reading if you’re familiar with the development process.

If you’re ready to modernize your development cycle and integrate security protocols more holistically into your CI/CD processes, reach out to Codero. Our team is ready to help you automate security for your AWS cloud development environment so you can start reaping the benefits of DevSecOps right away.
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