4 Major Reasons Why DevSecOps Should Be The New Normal

Why DevSecOps should be the new normal.

We live in a world where many a company has seen the light and is combining software development and IT operations (DevOps), to increase productivity. Increased collaboration and communication between teams helps them to shorten development processes and allows companies to ship (new) features faster.

With the focus on speed, security often comes as an afterthought, as its process is considered to slow down the delivery pipeline. For this reason, DevOps and Security have functioned separately, where “Tin Foil Hat Harry” is actively put on the sidelines with their conspiracy theories of what would never happen… right?

Looking at security breaches all over the world lately, we can confidently state that while faster is often better, it’s not always safer.

Luckily, software delivery cycles don’t have to be slowed down! And we’re not the only ones that think so. DevSecOps expert Anant Shrivastava said that the concept aims to have security by default. And Puppet’s Field Chief Technology Officer, Nigel Kersten, rightly pointed out adopting security practices early in the process will provide quicker and more reliable software.

What is DevSecOps?

DevSecOps aims to get teams to embrace the mindset of “everyone is responsible for security” by having standard practices to respond to vulnerabilities early within delivery pipeline.

In DevSecOps, siloed thinking is replaced by shared responsibilities of security tasks and open communication to connect the gap between developers and security teams, ensuring new features are delivered fast and securely.

DevSecOps Infinity Loop

There are several benefits of the DevSecOps approach that every company can harness. In this blog, we’re going to dive into the reasons why bringing in security early should be engrained into the DNA of any company.

1. Detecting Vulnerabilities Early Reduces Risk

Security as an after-thought makes organizations slow in responding to vulnerabilities that appear in the development cycle. This leads to a high probability of breaches and put the organizations at risk.

Automated vulnerability monitoring makes teams successful in protecting their applications against weak links and keep their delivery pipeline stable – the best of both worlds!

Vulnerabilities can be detected early

Early vulnerability detection means that developers can react before they can escalate to severe damage. Automation is key in catching vulnerabilities early: DevOps expert Mike Douglas from Green House Data suggests looking at automation to streamline security testing next to other manual activities. By integrating automated security validation into continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines, teams will be able to detect threats early, reducing security risks and financial impacts.

2. Saving Time and Cost Means Faster Shipping

Detecting vulnerabilities early doesn’t just reduce risk, but it also saves a lot of time and cost trying to fix the problems that would otherwise arise. Experts found that security operations (SecOps) is proven to improve better ROI in existing security infrastructure.

Imagine this: software has gone through the entire pipeline and all the way at the end, a security problem is found. It now needs to go back to the initial developer, not only creating more work but this also directly conflicts with the desire to deploy this new feature.

Producing high quality features, no more going back and forth

With DevSecOps, teams can make small iterations in software development to help the process of security checks go faster. This, then, allows organizations to launch features faster and securely, as the team now proactively prevent problems.

3. Better Team Collaboration and Stronger Security Culture

Actively involving the security component in the DevOps practices allows teams to increase productivity and embrace a culture of security. DevSecOps aims for teams to think how to incorporate security in their deliverables and find a way to optimize this process.

Teamwork makes the dream works!

The only way that’s going to work is if developers, operations, and security professionals work together as a team. The communication across these three roles is expected to improve tremendously as there’s no more silo that blocks the exchange of information. They are pushed to get a better insight into which processes, or policies are the most effective, contributing to a continuous learning environment. This way, companies start to uphold a culture that “security is everyone’s responsibility.”

4. Compliance and Credibility Increase Organization’s Reputation

Security and compliance play an important role in an organization’s reputation. It is part of the organization’ duty to their customers and their stakeholders and it’s a moral responsibility to comply with security standards. With the rising number of leaks and breaches, this could form a serious compliance obstacle. But with DevSecOps in the picture, security will be a constant factor, which helps companies reach their required standard of compliance.

Having security in the company's DNA will elevate its good reputation

Additionally, successfully embedding security best practices, policies and tools into its DNA impacts the company’s credibility and reputation positively in making it not only look, but also act trustworthily in the eyes of their customers and stakeholders.

Conclusion

In a hopefully not too distant future, any company adopting the DevSecOps approach as the new normal would make their developers learn how to collaborate with other teams to ensure that their deliverables aren’t just working but working well and securely.

DevSecOps not only mitigates risk but it can also have a significant impact to the company’s return on investment: it saves money and boosts productivity at the same time. Last but not least, DevSecOps helps the company’s brand to be compliant with their industry’s standards and establish their credibility.

Have you already started thinking security in advance before deploying? Talk to your team and start establishing a DevSecOps mindset in your company now!