DevOps and security teams have long disagreed with each other on the software distribution pipeline. DevOps teams have historically viewed security teams as the “Release Prevention Division” with overly conservative approaches to risk mitigation. Meanwhile, security teams feel that accelerated software releases pose a very big threat to governance, security and regulatory controls. To coordinate both, many organizations have attempted to shift security and compliance to the left by implementing previous steps in the development process.
Although this limited DevSecOps method improves the quality and delivery of the software, it does not solve the entire problem. Forward-thinking enterprises realize that this is not enough to shift security and compliance to the left; They need to replace them Everywhere.
By incorporating security and compliance processes into end-to-end automation, businesses can secure software across the entire software supply chain, significantly improve the developer experience, and speed up secure delivery. To accomplish this, enterprises must overcome these seven common DevSecOps myths, which prevent them from changing.
7 DevSecOps myths
Myth 1: Security and compliance are the only component in the software delivery process.
Reality: Safety and compliance are most effective when they are continuous across the entire pipeline. Companies that consider security and compliance as events need to pull entire development teams from value-creating activities throughout the year to meet audit requirements. This approach significantly increases the company’s “compliance tax.” If security is not done first, then security teams spend more time looking back and troubleshooting issues – time that does not add any productive value to the organization.
Myth 2: Adding more tools helps solve security and compliance challenges.
Reality: While devices can certainly help with security and compliance, single solutions often do not solve the big-picture problem. More people are usually needed to manage the equipment and analyze the results. Development managers must then consume the results and prioritize actions for the developers. While more tools can help, more tools can mean increased complexity. Finding a single, comprehensive solution, rather than a set of tools, is more effective and creates a lower likelihood of failure by offering a comprehensive view of the company’s security and risk posture.
Myths 3: Training to become a security and compliance expert for developers prevents compliance.
Reality: Your developers probably want to innovate, not run tests or decode regulatory frameworks. Developers should be fully concerned about security – we’re saying security is everyone’s problem – but expecting development teams to handle security with their job description is a good way to generate innovation and resentment.
Myth 4: Embedding security experts in DevOps teams solves the challenge.
Reality: Having dedicated security specialists within the developer silo can be helpful in freeing up developers. However, this approach can still pose obstacles for developers and can only increase the rift between the two teams.
Myth 5: My company is too small or too vague to target cyber attacks.
Reality: The average cost of a data breach for a company is in the millions and rising rapidly. Any business can make gambling comfortable with that kind of profit. Every business – of all sizes and industries – is at risk and needs to take security seriously.
Myth 6: If I automate, I’m safe and compliant.
Reality: Automation is key to security and compliance – but many automation tools are point-in-process solutions rather than end-to-end automation. If you deploy tools to automate single points of your pipeline, those parts are more secure. But if you deploy tools to automate your entire pipeline, your entire pipeline will be more secure.
Myth 7: Just embracing DevSecOps is enough.
Reality: It takes more than a thorough review of your software distribution pipeline to address silos between development and security teams. You need to review the culture across your organization. Yes, security requires everyone’s care; But innovation and productivity should be a priority in all teams.
Switching security everywhere with end-to-end software distribution solutions allows you to create security from the start and across the entire pipeline. Gone are the days of months of security audits stopping development and productivity. Advanced DevSecOps Enables automatic security and compliance testing when implementing approved components.
End-to-end automation limits the introduction of security flaws due to human error, and if something breaks down, it is easier to diagnose and fix the problem before delivering the compromise code. Access controls are automated to manage who and when changes can be made – making sure no one accidentally changes critical components.
Eliminate silos through a shared pipeline
With a shared pipeline platform that spans development, QA and operations, organizations have improved control and visibility over the entire system development process. Security, development and operations teams gain a comprehensive understanding of the entire digital estate, enabling them to discover from an informed perspective.
Shared pipeline problem code helps catch pre-release. Instead of fixing post-delivery errors, incremental solutions can be deployed to address the issues that have arisen. Greater visibility means a better understanding of the pipeline for all, which improves communication and helps eliminate blame.
Enable progressive delivery
The end-to-end software delivery solution allows you to speed up your software’s progressive delivery of secure and secure releases. Progressive Distribution introduces new code on a rolling basis rather than through “Big Bang” releases. This method reduces the risk by testing a small amount of code, and with the ability to quickly return any problem code (feature management). Progressive distribution turns software release into a low-risk process with trusted governance and provides an “enterprise kill switch” in the event of a serious incident in production.
Progressive distribution gives developers greater freedom to innovate. In a low-risk software release environment, they can experiment more with a low-risk and more flexible timeline. Dev teams need space to create; InfoSec requires security and governance. End-to-end software supplies both the pipeline – it publishes products faster by market.