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Any business that implements DevOps in the right way can be highly efficient and productive. As per a survey conducted by Atlassian, 48% of respondents claimed it helped them get a raise at work, 61% could produce deliverables of high quality and it increased the frequency of deployment for 49% of respondents. 99% of respondents claimed that DevOps had a positive impact on their business. 

When an organization follows the best practices to adapt DevOps in its processes, the first thing that comes into play is the security. That is when DevSecOps comes into the picture. The need for DevSecOps now is greater than ever because to leverage the power of aligning development and operations can be done only by strengthening the underlying security of the system. The success of DevOps is reliant on implementation of security at every level of DevOps to create a security mechanism to alleviate the risks. 

This is the checklist that any business who has an in-house DevOps department should follow to implement a successful DevSecOps life cycle:

  • Security in coding phase

Leadership should guide developers in adherence to the coding standards that will help them write clean code. Security guidelines, best practices for secure coding and maintaining compliance during the coding of any application is essential to thwart breach of data. Implementing tight security measures within the application during the initial stage of development is the correct way to set up a software development lifecycle (SDLC) for success.

  • Harness the power of automation

Every SDLC has some level of automation in every stage of development. It is a key aspect in DevOps as it helps development teams to work on different versions of code. Using static application security testing (SAST) tools for testing the coding increases the reliability of code and operational speed. Any security vulnerabilities can be spotted by the developers in the initial stage of SDLC. 

  • Implement Security testing in early stage

It is a norm for companies to test an application only after it is completely developed and passed on for deployment. There is a need for massive shift in this as early-stage security testing secures an application. Implement automated security testing in early stages of development to identify and resolve vulnerabilities as and when they arise. This reduces time and energy during deployment and reduces overall cost of the development. Consider the time taken to test security during SDLC as an investment in making the application secure and not fret the halts in the development process due to testing. 

  • Monitoring for Security

Even when businesses use automated testing tools to find security vulnerabilities in the SDLC, the results and process must be manually monitored. This will ensure that the details of bugs in the software are passed onto the right teams to be corrected. Also, implementation of solution for all the problems regularly must be checked on. Since multiple aspects of the software are tested at every stage, the testing team should monitor the improvements in the end product. 

  • Include review system for coding

A strong plan for development includes design, analysis, test criteria and vulnerability models. The first step is to assess the level of complexity in the development plan and the limitations based on the existing development process. To overcome these challenges, include a review system for coding that will periodically check whether reliable coding practices are being followed. It should start with Threat Modeling before starting the design and then at every stage-gate.

  • Utilize automatic vulnerability detection 

Automation tools offer automatic vulnerability detection that can perform regular security checks on the software that is being developed. These automation tools also aid in amalgamation of machine code with source code thus performing both development and testing. Deliver high performing software by testing various frameworks of the SDLC at every stage of development. 

Final thoughts

DevSecOps has changed the way businesses secure their systems and software products in challenging environments, thereby bringing about a revolution in the DevOps field. Businesses who want to take their game to the next level in security and agility should implement DevSecOps. This will get the leadership to collaborate and create an open environment between the development, operations and Security & GRC SMEs for incorporating security in the systems from the initial stages of development. Upskilling on Security needs to be looked at seriously and extensively.

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