DevSecOps Overview


DevSecOps stands for development, security, and operations. It is an approach that integrates security as a shared responsibility throughout the entire IT lifecycle.

DevOps teams should automate security to protect the overall environment and data, as well as the continuous integration/ continuous delivery process — a goal that will likely include the security of microservices in containers.

Is DevSecOps for everyone?

DevSecOps is essential in today’s business environment to mitigate the rising frequency of cyber-attacks. By implementing security initiatives early and often, applications and infrastructures in various industries achieve the following benefits. Obviously, all businesses require a DevSecOps mindset, but governments, healthcare, and financial services require additional attention to details.

What are the benefits of DevSecOps?

The DevSecOps approach brings specific benefits for the environment, data, and CI/CD process securities,

Enhanced Application Security: In the past, the security role was isolated to a specific team in the final stage of development. Effective DevOps ensures rapid and frequent deployments closer to weeks, days, and minutes. Security is a shared responsibility integrated from end to end, building a security foundation into DevOps initiatives. It means thinking about application/infrastructure security right from the start. It also means automating security gates and keeping the CICD workflow from slowing down.

Cross-team ownership

DevSecOps brings together 3 very different profiles, building a collaborative cross-team approach. Everybody is on the same page early, leading to more efficient team collaboration.

Streamline application delivery

Security best practices enable fast deployment cycles thanks to automation, enhanced reporting, and enabling compliance teams. When a security threat is identified, application and development teams will work on solutions at the code level to address the problem. Before deployment, organizations need to ensure their infrastructure complies with security policies. Defining how the workload should run, providing critical insight into potential vulnerabilities and misconfigurations, and setting subsequent stages of the CI/CD pipeline up for a successful deployment.

Limit security vulnerabilities

Identity, manage and patch common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) can be identified in pre-built scanning solutions earlier and more often. Remediate quickly when vulnerabilities are first discovered, streamlining agile development processes. Secure APIs increase authorization and routing visibility. By reducing exposed APIs, organizations can reduce surfaces of attacks.

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