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What is DevSecOps?

DevSecOps is the practice of integrating security with development and operations (DevOps), in order to combine security with agility throughout all stages of the application development lifecycle. The DevSecOps process mandates a strong collaboration between developers, release engineers, security teams, and operations teams around shared quality, agility, and security goals. With DevSecOps, everyone is responsible for security, and there is a “security-as-code” culture that infuses the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC).

Making Your Security Team DevOps-Ready

DevSecOps is designed to safeguard an organization’s entire development/operations environment through the use of coordinated policies, processes, and technology. When DevOps is extended to the software application security team, security goes from being a bottleneck to an enabler. High-performing DevOps organizations that incorporate security into DevOps spend less time remediating security and compliance issues, and this makes them more efficient. They deliver secure code, making DevOps security a powerful enabler for compliance, time-to-market, product quality, and resilience – and this drives bottom-line results.

Although DevSecOps is an approach to IT security based on the principles of DevOps, specific approaches and best practices are still emerging as the threat landscape continues to evolve. Regardless of the strategies employed, however, the goal is always to prevent security issues by applying effective security controls, while at the same time using high-speed software pipelines to build applications and APIs.

Security-As-Code

Within a DevSecOps culture, developers are alerted to security results the same way they are alerted to testing, defect, and crash results. Knowing how the application is being attacked enables them to fix vulnerabilities quickly, while a problem is still “top of mind.” Doing this repeatedly embeds secure coding practices within development teams organically, without adding additional steps or tools. Interactive Application Security Testing IAST and Runtime Application Self-ProtectionRASP products embed sensors into the application and are therefore fundamentally “always on.” IAST and RASP tools eliminate security testing as a separate step, instead infusing it across the SDLC. In addition, sensors that instrument applications provide a much greater level of accuracy than traditional scanning methods.

  • IAST combines static application security testing SAST and dynamic application security testing (DAST) techniques to increase the timeliness and accuracy of application security tests.
  • RASP solutions incorporate security into the running application. Being server-based, RASP is able to detect, block, and mitigate attacks immediately, protecting applications as they run in real time – without human intervention.

DevSecOps Solutions

With business demand for DevOps, agile, and public cloud services growing, traditional security processes have become a major roadblock targeted for elimination. From a security perspective, the goal of DevSecOps is to safely distribute security decisions at speed and scale to those who hold the highest level of context. This means that DevSecOps organizations need an automated solution that can integrate across the entire SDLC, working at DevOps speed and enhancing rather than compromising security. The agility of DevOps teams requires application security that reduces the number of false positives associated with traditional tools. Advanced solutions support a delivery process that empowers developers to solve security problems early, making application security elastic, automating security into the pipeline, and monitoring attacks the same way performance is monitored.

  • DevSecOps spans the entire IT stack and includes network, host, container, server, cloud, mobile, and application security. Increasingly, all of these layers are turning into software, which makes the delivery of secure applications a critical focus for DevSecOps.
  • DevSecOps spans the full software lifecycle, including development and operations. In development, the focus is on identifying and preventing vulnerabilities, while in operations, the goal is to monitor and defend applications.

DevSecOps Benefits

Leveraging the power of automated tools, DevSecOps lets teams do more with less, maximizing code coverage with limited resources. Security teams can take a risk-based approach to product development without being a blocker or being left behind. They can seamlessly integrate security testing across the SDLC and optimize coverage of the application. This requires the appropriate tools and resources, since security teams tend to be a fraction of the size of application development teams and typically struggle to scale.

Summary

As you start your journey, remember that DevSecOps can only be successful when you bring the security team along. When developers and security teams work seamlessly together, security becomes integral to the development process. The organization’s high-level business goals, solutions, and culture are aligned, and this creates a win-win for development, operations, and security teams across the enterprise. It also delivers increased efficiencies and enhances the quality of products and services, which improves the customer experience.

There was a time when developing software was all about functionality. But with the rise of the Internet and never-ending waves of increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, security has become an equally important goal, both as a management and board-level priority. It’s clear that application security can’t be just a "stop on the development train" or an agnostic piece of network equipment. It must be an integrated, "always on" approach across your organization. Whether you are looking to develop more secure applications right from the start of the process or protect the ones already in production, security needs to be addressed at every stage, with continuous integration a priority right from the beginning, not bolted on at the end. With DevSecOps, operations vs. security is no longer a zero-sum game. Contrast automatically detects and fixes vulnerabilities and defends against targeted attacks and bots – no scanning or scheduling required. Contrast Application Security Lifecycle Stack (CASLS) is designed to help integrate security into a continuous DevOps application lifecycle process.

Contrast Security is the world’s leading provider of security technology that enables software applications to protect themselves against cyberattacks, heralding the new era of self-protecting software. Contrast's patented deep security instrumentation is the breakthrough technology that enables highly accurate assessment and always-on protection of an entire application portfolio, without disruptive scanning or expensive security experts. Only Contrast has sensors that work actively inside applications to continuously uncover vulnerabilities, prevent data breaches, and secure the entire business from development, to operations, to production.

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