Build a Scalable DevSecOps Platform

Mounika Raghavarapu   

What is DevSecOps?

DevSecOps is an approach a methodology to provide security to application and infrastructure based on the principles of DevOps. This approach makes sure that the application is less vulnerable and ready for user’s use. All things automated, and security checks started from the beginning of the application’s pipelines.

Selecting the right tools for Continuous Integration security achieves security goals, but the selection of tools is not enough, you also need security teams along with the right tools to meet the required security. Teams must make application security an integrated strategy and continue to encourage security awareness within the organization as the greatest obstacle to DevSecOps is culture, not technology

DevSecOps provides security practitioners with the ability to script and monitor security controls at a much larger and more dynamic scale than traditional in-house data centers. It can help your organization rapidly build, reliably operate, and continuously improve your software solutions.

Why DevSecOps Matters?

For long the additional security check at the end of development cycle, was always seen as an obstruction to release and often deemed unnecessary, but with rising cyber threats and vulnerabilities in the digitally advanced IT world, all IT leaders are determined to become impermeable with respect to security in the development lifecycle. What they need are expert DevOps security practitioners, integrating security in the software development lifecycle, and enabling end-to-end security within the development pipeline.

Benefits of DevSecOps

Some of the benefits of adopting DevSecOps are :

  • Reduction of expenses and Delivery rate increases.
  • Security, Monitoring, Deployment check, and notifying systems from the beginning.
  • It supports openness and Transparency right from the start of development.
  • Secure by Design and the ability to measure.
  • Faster Speed of recovery in the case of a security incident.

Improving Overall Security by enabling Immutable infrastructure which further involves security automation.

DevSecOps is a business-requirement-driven software delivery approach, takes a new or existing business capability from the ideation stage all the way to production while providing business value to end customers and at the same time capturing customer feedback while they engage with the capability. This is when you must realize that you as a business need a partner, who can work with you to understand your needs, your existing capabilities, and then design a solution that fits you perfectly and yet is scalable.

Adopting a DevSecOps Approach

The adoption of a DevSecOps approach is key for ensuring the security of your application throughout the entire secure development life cycle, as opposed to treating security as an add-on. This “shift-left” approach means every security incident should be resolved as quickly as possible. But before that, security – as a hard requirement in every application, must be baked into the product from as early a stage as possible, rather than it being an afterthought.

Another important aspect is the instrumentation of web applications from a security perspective. While developers build in advanced capabilities to capture every user input, from taps to monitoring the attention gaze, equal emphasis should be placed on incorporating security metrics and visibility criteria in all web and mobile applications. This will not merely help developers monitor security risks in real-time but give various security teams a clear and actionable dashboard to quantify and monitor security threats emerging from each application.DevSecOps Approach

This requires Product Managers and Owners to include security KPIs in their product roadmaps and include several guidelines that allow adequate risk mitigation strategies to be adopted by organizations using these applications. Among them, the following are noteworthy:

Enable app team to move quicker and security teams to prioritize efforts through shared, actionable real-time application security data.

Support modern architecture that won't break production and provide seamless strategic and tactical visibility.

Provide reliable blocking with no required tuning and no performance degradation.

With the above framework in place, application teams will be better prepared to thwart any potential breach attempt and will be able to plan actively rather than be reactive in the event of an impending threat. 

DevSecOps with Cymune:

Our DevSecOps methodology helps integrate with customers’ internal IT/App teams and processes to enable Continuous Integration (CI) as well as Continuous Delivery (CD). We help customers with developing a DevSecOps process framework, build a DevSecOps tool platform (even using Open Ecosystem), and manage it 24/7 with flexible models and SLA’s.

Agile development incorporating security right from the ideation phase

  • Quick and high-quality releases
  • Automation of security checks for vulnerabilities throughout the development pipeline
  • Huge cost savings using our Frugal Innovation methodology
  • At par with the latest technological advancements like containers and microservices

For DevSecOps, you may have tools On-Prem and on cloud and may have a way to keep the pipeline working effectively, but if you think there are gaps that do not meet the agility goals, you may want to consider getting a pipeline on the cloud with our model for integrated and tested tools. The tool set tested and the approach to managing the pipeline on AWS/Azure is redefining the way DevSecOps can be achieved with agility.