What if organizations would rather use a DevSecOps as a service? If the road to DevOps is hard, the way to DevSecOps is certainly more difficult. Still, more organizations have embraced DevSecOps as their road map for driving their business-technology efforts forward.

With a need to accelerate time-to-market for software changes coupled with adhering to security guidelines, especially in light of the increasing security threats facing the industry and ensuring uptime for business applications, organizations have adopted DevSecOps to transform their software delivery processes.

DevSecOps as a Service that can provide leadership and delivery team training, support continuous DevOps process improvement, and a repository for shared best practices, blueprints, and code. Since I&O resources are not dedicated full-time to a software delivery team, this model is most efficient if a standardized set of tools are used across all automated delivery pipelines. The DevSecOps as a Service team is also responsible for actively marketing the benefits of DevSecOps to the broader IT and development community.

While the integration of tools tied to automation has been the driver for achieving DevSecOps, there are concerns over secure design, governance structures, developer responsibilities, and lack of skills in light of increased exposure of applications to security breaches. Development centric approach to DevSecOps addresses these with an overlap on Engineering, Operations, and Security Compliance.

DevSecOps as a service can implement Agile software development principles while embodying several Lean principles. Agile software development should be based on principles, where requirements and solutions are developed through collaboration between self-organizing, multi-functional teams. This is what will later promote adaptive design, evolutionary development, early implementation, and continuous improvement. As a result, processes are developed that facilitate the rapid and flexible deployment of changes.

About DevOps in a nutshell

  • Tools and practices employed to drive the high-velocity deployment of applications.
  • A vital component of the value proposition behind going to the cloud.
  • Drives Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD): Continuous Integration is the process of combining source code (most likely from different developers or teams) into a single application, and then typically running some automated suite of tests on the resulting application.  This integration process runs “continuously,” either polling source control on a regular interval or triggered by code check-in.
  • Continuous Delivery is the process of packaging, testing, and storing an application unit in a continuous fashion to be always ready to deliver into production. This extends the ongoing integration process to arrive at an application unit that has enough testing, compliance, and validation that it is production-ready.
  • Intended to drive innovation/continuous learning, high-quality applications through flexibility, and enhanced competitiveness.
  • Continuous Deployment: Some organizations or applications extend Continuous Delivery into Continuous Deployment, where the application is deployed into the production environment automatically. This typically requires robust production validation mechanisms and comprehensive rollback capability.

5 Principles for DevSecOps as a service should consider

  • Automate security into the process
  • Integrate to fail quickly
  • No false alarms
  • Build security champions
  • Keep operational visibility

Types of testing to be considered for DevSecOps

Benefits of DevSecOps as a service
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Key factors for DevSecOps technology transformation

Shift left security

Including security checks early in SDLC rather than at the end of the release cycle. Use correct security tools to achieve increased security coverage by choosing tools that can be integrated into DevOps pipelines, which can be automated to invoke the tool and perform gating of results with no-touch. Configure tools optimally to suit business and application security needs rather than just using default rule sets provided by the tool.

Integrate tools in the CI-CD pipeline

….and don’t depend on teams to invoke tools as and when required. Integration with the CI-CD pipeline ensures that security checks are not bypassed and are executed for every build.

o    SAST tool can be integrated into the CI pipeline or with developer IDE if it is configured for the incremental scan.

o    SCA tool can be in CI pipeline if it can take incremental scan else it can be set up for a periodic run.

o    Integrate DAST, and IAST tool in the continuous delivery pipeline or alternately these can be set up for a periodic run or parallel run based on the time taken for a scan.

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Follow DevOps principles for DevSecOps tooling

o    Aim for no to touch automation to not miss any security checks.

o    Try built-in-quality through automation of gating of the build against desired security standards and shift-left as much as possible.

Optimize tool usage

o    Create own enhanced rule sets for tools to ensure optimum, faster scans and reliable outcomes from tools.

o    Plan incremental scans to reduce the time taken for full scans.

o    Use artificial intelligence (AI) capability given by few vendors to minimize time spent on analyzing errors reported from tools.

Benefits of DevSecOps as a service

  • Ensuring ‘Secure by Design’ principle is followed by empowering and educating the development together with active collaboration with security, operations, and engineering teams.
  • Positive customer perception around secure delivery, resulting in becoming a trusted partner.
  • Early detection and resolution of security issues together with speed in delivery, leading to cost optimization.
  • Increased ability to measure vulnerabilities that help in constant iterative improvements.
  • Improved overall security, coupled with the reduction in vulnerabilities, increased code coverage tied to automation.

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