DevSecOps: The Next Wave of Cloud Security

The adoption of DevOps, agile and public cloud services among businesses worldwide is increasing by the day. These are seen as the major shift in enterprise IT, and as the next wave after Internet. Thanks to digital democratization, due to which businesses have to be nimble to remain competitive. That said, security threats and cybercrime continue to outsmart businesses despite having cutting-edge security wall around them. To this end, DevSecOps was born to bridge the security gap into DevOps, just as DevOps bridged the development and operations divide.

Plugging in the right chord: Security into DevOps, on the cloud

Business leaders now understand that moving to the cloud is not just any tech adaptation, but it is more about speed of service delivery and dynamic scalability. One of the most significant paybacks of the DevOps has been better software quality delivered faster, even on the cloud.

Cloud technology dissolves enterprise perimeter, the key construct around which security solutions have been developed. Earlier, security concerns were holding back many businesses from jumping on to the cloud bandwagon. And when the idea of perimeter and boundary was once again threatened by new security requirements such as those warranted by Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, the IT industry slowly started to embrace the cloud. Security professionals are now leveraging real-time analytics and have also adopted “Continuous Security” in clear parallel to the “Continuous Integration” and “Continuous deployment” approach of the DevOps movement.

Image Source: RSAConference, 2016, DevSecOps In Baby Steps

DevSecOps Tools: Filling in the Security Gap

Many enterprises have started to explore ways of making application quality and security testing more scripted, continuous, and automated. With DevSecOps, they are taking an automation approach for security tests throughout development, even on the cloud. They are even integrating security-feature design and implementation into the development lifecycle in ways that wasn’t possible before.

For instance, in the DevOps automation cycle, every code commit triggers a build that tests security and functionality of the application using tools like Amazon Inspector and Selenium. Selenium, which was used for test automation only earlier, is now emerging as one of the top DevSecOps tools as it can easily trigger security scanning tests along with other application test scripts. Moreover, it ensures that systems are always patched, vulnerabilities scanned and checked for functioning before deployment.

To sum up: Application security is reaching a level that many security professionals have been advocating for years. This is possible only through automation of security and regulatory compliance tests throughout development and deployment. And by leveraging automation tools to enforce security and compliance controls, DevSecOps will empower organizations to achieve regulatory compliance at speed, and at scale. Furthermore, DevSecOps makes detection and closing of security vulnerabilities faster than before while on the cloud.

With DevSecOps on the cloud, security becomes an essential part of the development process itself instead of being an afterthought.

To Conclude:

The provisioning of the server infrastructure itself can be dynamic process on the cloud. DevSecOps processes can trigger both the platform and application security checks whenever a new version of application is deployed. Hence DevSecOps on the cloud effectively blurs lines between the platform security and application security, as the automation of compliance and regulatory tests along with application specific quality tests will be the norm. Clearly, DevSecOps is set to evolve as the next significant wave for cloud security.

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