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What is DevSecOps?
DevSecOps is named this way for its three keywords: development, security, and operations. However, the IT community has different ideas about what exactly it can mean. One of the best understandings of DevSecOps is perhaps as a cultural shift which aims to integrate security into development processes.
The ultimate goal is not just to reduce the gap between development and security teams, but to even equip developers with the security skills which will allow them to automate important security processes. Let’s take a deeper look!
DevSecOps: How it all started
- In the past, most software companies did not incorporate security reviews into their workflow, but instead would tack them on in the final stage of development. A separate security team was responsible for identifying security issues, but this was still manageable for a single team at a time when development cycles were quite long, sometimes months or even years.
- Once software developers started using agile and DevOps methods, everything changed. Development cycles became faster and software updates were released more frequently, no longer taking months or years, but just weeks or days.
- Security teams were being asked to do too much in too little time. As a result, the need arose for developers to start considering security from the beginning. This meant automating a number of security solutions to prevent workflows from slowing down.
Cloud environment and containers
We’ve been living in the world of cloud computing and containers for around ten years now. Due to monolithic, unified applications being split into smaller and more manageable microservices, updates happen far more frequently. In light of such frequent changes, automation is inevitable, and companies can innovate faster than ever before. This evolution led to what the IT community calls DevOps.
New developments like this are great, but pose a problem for security, which is not able to follow the speed of development. This is where DevSecOps comes in. DevSecOps strives to integrate security testing into the continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) pipelines. Additionally, development teams need to be able to fix security issues as they come up during the process, not afterwards. In short, the security is no longer handled by a single, isolated team, but has been expanded into the responsibilities of development teams as well.
The DevSecOps mindset: how to make it a reality?
Integrating security into your organization is no easy task. With so many programming languages, network environments, and different technologies, what can you do to make sure your team is knowledgeable and adaptable? That’s where Avatao steps in. With hundreds of gamified exercises and all the top programming languages, Avatao gives your team the knowledge they need to combat threats and build a strong security culture. Check out one of our exciting challenges:
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