The way that companies create applications is constantly evolving and changing, and the most recent stage of this process is called DevOps. Here different parts or teams within the developmental process communicate extensively with each other to ensure that all parts of the application get developed in coordination with each other, in the process building an excellent application which is of excellent quality in every aspect. However, how do you keep security high during all this open communication? This is where DevSecOps steps in, as it keeps the communication between developmental and information technology teams secure, and also considers application security throughout the process.
Why Use DevSecOps?
Consumers are becoming more and more dissatisfied with the state of security with regards to technology companies since recent scandals like with Facebook tracking and keeping data from its users came to light. “You’re going to have to work to make your customers trust you,” Louis Brownlee, a tech writer at Writinity and Gumessays, says, “and DevSecOps can help you do just that. It increases the trust between consumer and company and allows you to focus on creating great products and applications, instead of facing PR nightmares with security. A little forethought can send you a long way, especially in this case!”
Without DevSecOps, application security is often an afterthought, which is not only terrible from a production point of view but can actually delay your software launch. This reduces customer trust in you, since a late review of the application may reveal game-changing security bugs which take months to fix, further pushing away the release date. With DevSecOps, security is constantly at the forefront of production, so there are no nasty ‘last-minute discoveries’ which can ruin production deadlines and set your team off-course. Bug-busting happens throughout the development process, to keep the application safe and secure.
Maybe your previous applications, before using DevSecOps, were completely security-tight: that’s great! But it doesn’t mean that they’ll constantly be at the same standard. Your next application might have a huge security flaw. Since So to keep standards of security the same throughout your company’s lifespan, make sure that you integrate DevSecOps ideals into your production, and every application will have the same ‘gold standard’ of security, which your customers will come to know and trust.
How Do You Use DevSecOps?
Keeping security in mind is one thing, but continually applying it to the development and communications process is entirely another thing. Regular security checks can tighten the security both within the application and around it (with regards to the communications aspect also) and need to be preserved and maintained throughout the production process.
If security is your number one priority, then you need to set up your company around this and ensure that you have the resources to devote to it. This is where creating a specialized team to carry out the security checks can come in handy, because you won’t be slowing down development by spreading resources too thinly, and security will be even better if you have dedicated team members constantly working on it.
“In an ideal world, we’d all create every single bit of our software and hardware, and be able to account for every single character of code, but the reality is that it’s just not possible without a lot of time, money and effort,” Carol Grove, a tech blogger at Lucky Assignments and DraftBeyond, states, “so the next best thing is to grab a third-party that you can trust and pay them to either develop elements of your application for you, or allow you to use their pre-existing assets.” This can mean that security is jeopardized, however, if you don’t closely monitor the third-parties and check over their work for any security bugs. You could spend weeks delving into code created by your own employees to try and fix a security bug when it was essentially hiding in some third-party content. So, make sure that you factor third-party elements into your regular security checks, to fully integrate DevSecOps into your company and development.