What Are The Benefits Of DevSecOps Processes?

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July 14
2:31 PM 2022

Companies and organizations involved in software development face security issues in their software development cycle or SDLC. Understanding that potential vulnerabilities can be found in any part of the software is important. Thus, the developers follow certain practices that come under the idea of DevOps to make software delivery fast and reliable. Read on to learn more about what is DevSecOps and how it proves to be beneficial for securing the DevOps cycle in various ways. 

What is DevSecOps?

DevOps automates the software development process; however, it is of immense significance to take security into consideration. For this purpose, DevSecOps is employed. It provides security to all parts of the SDLC. Instead of making security checks in the final few stages, it moves the security factor toward the beginning of the cycle so that any vulnerabilities, if present, can be taken care of in the initial stages. The procedures are automated, and security is integrated into all parts of the workflow. It increases the overall efficiency of the pipeline while ensuring continuous delivery. 

What are the DevSecOps tools?

The organization should assign security champions who would be responsible for making sure that security is integrated into the pipeline overall. Certain practices are put to use to employ DevSecOps. 

Static Application Security Testing is one way through which security testing is done. It involves reviewing the source code to detect the source of vulnerabilities. Similarly, Software Composition Analysis (SCA) is another methodology that analyzes the code's quality and license compliance. It aims to discover open-source software in a codebase. Multiple SCA tools are used for this purpose. 

Moreover, a number of people work on the code; hence, it is an intelligent choice to make use of Git platforms so team members can collaborate and work together. These platforms also enable automated security testing and scanning features, highlighting issues while work on the code is being done. 

Adding on, interactive and dynamic application security testing is done to test the software or application interfaces. Automated security tests automatically detect vulnerabilities, so it helps save time and additional costs as the developers would not have to go look through the entire code and trace it back. 

Benefits of DevSecOps

Therefore, DevSecOps is implemented using these tools and several others. As a result, it brings numerous advantages to developers and the firm or organization as well.

DevSecOps practices aid in incorporating compliance into the delivery pipeline from the first step toward development. It increases the transparency of the development processes, which comes as an advantage to the team, in general, to spot vulnerabilities. Furthermore, there is a reduction in expenses, and manual work is greatly reduced. This is because security specialists are not restricted to one part of the development cycle but distributed throughout the DevSecOps pipeline to bridge gaps in security checks. 

In addition, the automation involved in DevSecOps makes it possible for recoveries to be faster and easier in case of security incidents because of smoother and more convenient traceability. Moreover, developers are able to respond to changes more promptly and rapidly as auto tests give continuous feedback on the presence of vulnerabilities. 

A DevSecOps framework allows automated auditing, which makes it possible for data and reports relating to business and industry policies, government compliance mandates, etc., to be displayed accurately and in a manner that can be easily understood. Security teams can use DevSecOps tools to make lives easier for them because of automated processes. Increased visibility and accuracy help negate complexities for auditing and reporting. 

With enhanced efficiency, reliability, and speed of the development cycle, practitioners can make time for other tasks, such as solving issues that the organization may be dealing with. In simpler words, it allows for further improvements relating to software security and delivery. 

The involvement of all in the security sector also leads to other teams that may not be so aware of the security concerns being more considerate of vulnerabilities. They can then align their practices and goals with security concerns and improve their overall approach. This positively impacts the entire pipeline.  

Ending Note 

Conclusively, DevSecOps is a vital component in the workflow for organizations to be able to work in the most secure way. Not only is the overall cycle improved in terms of security, but also speed and customer satisfaction are boosted. If security is not taken care of or automation is not employed via DevSecOps, the companies or organizations are likely to suffer and counter compliance and maintenance issues. 

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