DevSecOps strategy: All you need to know

DevSecOps is the driver for digital transformation

DevSecOps vs DevOps: The main difference

DevSecOps and DevOps are similar concepts with automation at their core. DevSecOps adds an additional layer to the DevOps process by integrating security earlier, into each step of the design process, and not just the final stage of the software development life cycle. This is the modern recipe for delivering a safe product, one without security issues. The goal is to break down the silos between development security and operations teams by injecting into everyone, a uniform security mindset.

A successful DevSecOps strategy involves the following phases:

  • Development phase: The software developers produce a new piece of code and commit it into the central repository.
  • Continuous integration (CI), build and test phase: Once the code is committed, the CI pipeline automatically executes and the scripts build the application. Functional tests, static code analysis and security unit tests are performed.
  • Continuous deployment (CD) phase: Once the tests are completed, the application is packaged and automatically deployed in the production environment.
  • Monitoring phase: The new version of the application is monitored in the production environment to ensure that all its functionalities are working fine.

These phases help the DevSecOps teams to run automated tests on the code with the shortest possible iteration. This protects the code against any new vulnerabilities.

DevSecOps benefits

Most businesses consume APIs and web technologies to promote their innovative offering to their target audience. These APIs present a huge attack surface. A lean software development cycle increases transparency into the organization’s API security by easily identifying vulnerabilities in code and designing security policies at an early stage of the pipeline. The vulnerabilities can then be fixed with minimal costs. The code is continuously analyzed, tested, delivered and released. The most effective way to adopt DevSecOps strategy is by automating the procedure as much as possible and performing the steps in small increments. This enhances the threat detection capabilities, improving overall security and stability of the application. It facilitates fast release cycles and an agile delivery process.

This gradually leads to more revenue for the organization.

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Top DevSecOps tools

DevSecOps approach will need to enable the following tools:

Build Phase

  • Static analysis of source code against flaws
  • Automatic Security Testing (AST)
  • Software composition analysis
  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)

Test Phase

  • Dynamic security testing (DAST)
  • IAST
  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)

Run Phase

  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)
  • Dynamic security testing (DAST)
  • Bug bounty
  • Threat intelligence

Unlike traditional devops practices, the main idea is to implement security into every phase of the application development, from design to production. Apart from secure coding practices, automated security testing etc. the DevSecOps teams will need special skill set like improved team collaboration, and shared responsibility for everyone concerning security.

Intensify your DevSecOps strategy with R&S®Trusted Application Factory

R&S®Trusted Application Factory is a futuristic solution, deployed as containers for each application. Its main objective is to provide security, simplicity and visibility for DevSecOps teams.

  • Security: The security layer is deployed as a micro-WAF within the application so that it can be scaled up or down at the same time as the application, in Kubernetes or Docker clusters. The security configuration resides close to the application code itself, keeping the security up to date and aligned with the version of the application.
  • Simplicity: The security solution with context description is integrated in the form of a configuration file close to the application code and then implemented within the continuous integration continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipeline with already existing tools to simplify collaboration. Thus, the same tools, languages and concepts are used. This results in increased security and fewer false positives.
  • Visibility: It provides visibility to the various stakeholders: development and security teams. R&S Trusted Application Factory tracks the application from design till production execution, providing indicators on its security throughout its life cycle.

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