How Does DevOps Demand a Shift from the Traditional Cybersecurity Approach?

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“Robust security is the shared responsibility of the entire IT industry.

Forward-thinking firms understand the demands of DevOps and are working towards evolving their culture and development processes to address the need for security at each level by following updated privacy policy, and access controls. This trend is worth following. More and more enterprises are likely to make a risk assessment, threat modeling, and security-task automation inherent elements of their product development journey.

What is Driving the Change?

Today’s environment is becoming increasingly cloud-based. Conventional security parameters (like a local firewall) that define a perimeter/ a boundary wall are turning obsolete because cloud-native apps are designed to run anywhere on any server and on top of that are highly linked. The concept of perimeter security does not hold ground anymore as in the majority of the cases there isn’t even a boundary to define.

The orthodox security practices which were actually an afterthought once the whole online setup was made are redundant now. They are inefficient when it comes to complete security and slow down the process and manual controls severely affect the transparency. DevOps aims for a more automated and comprehensive cybersecurity setup.

What is DevSecOps?

Over the course of time, DevSecOps has been established as a form of DevOps that ensures cybersecurity is an integral part of the development funnel. DevSecOps is an integral part of the development process right from designing and iteration to final release and maintenance. In essence, this transforms network management and risk management from compliance-based activities, typically completed later in the development lifecycle, into key framework ideas that span the entire product pipeline.

DevSecOps does not just limit itself to a particular firm but makes sure that best practices and policies are also incorporated into development tools and underlying platforms, making security a shared responsibility throughout the whole IT company. DevOps practices and tools are revolutionizing the way IT companies innovate. In the middle of this change, Indian app developers are discovering that traditional techniques to incorporate security into new products are falling behind high-speed, continuous delivery software development.

Let’s cut through the hype and get to some perspicacious best practices that will help the enterprise world recognize cybersecurity professionals as essential to the DevOps workflow and the software life cycle as developers, and create a software development landscape that’s fast enough for anyone and safe enough for everyone.

Break from the past when it comes to cybersecurity

The DevOps methodology emphasizes speed in software development and deployment. Developers create and deliver programs to infrastructure directly; in fact, they code infrastructure as well! Things have become so fast that waiting around for even a week to provide a remedy or a patch to address the client’s concerns is a thing of the past.

Being able to function at this speed as a cybersecurity team is crucial to being accepted and valued as part of the process. That means abandoning the usual methodology of offering 30 pages of recommendations on how to secure a project (in a cybersecurity vernacular that a developer may or may not understand).

Instead, cybersecurity professionals working with DevOps teams are now an equally important part of the story. Flexibility and interactivity are essential – cybersecurity professionals must participate in the process, communicating requirements, managing code reviews for the developers, and providing test cases on the same level as the coding and deployment wings of a DevOps team.

The security team’s goal should be to automate if the DevOps team is automating. Cybersecurity professionals must analyze software delivery pipelines where possible and qualify where codified security measures can be implemented. Many manual review cycles can be eliminated by incorporating test-driven security into the workflow.

Cybersecurity to expand beyond the IT department

Paul Teague recently wrote an essay for Procurement Leaders about how procurement and IT must work hand-in-hand to reduce the risk of personal data violations. The reasoning for it is simple: Since on average, the total breach in security cost around $3.86 million in 2020, securing data is more than just a matter of privacy; it also has profound ramifications for the enterprise’s financial health.

That being said, the benefits of a DevOps-style approach to cybersecurity become more prominent. DevOps favor automation in the security process while maintaining an accord throughout various teams, designing, development, IT, etc. on one hand and adapting the security mechanism to new cyber threats, on the other hand. As Steve Hall, a noted columnist, pointed out, the objective here isn’t so much to incorporate security into DevOps as it is to put DevOps into security.

The emergence of a trend of such closer collaborations is warranted by and large, chiefly owing to the importance of application software and more particularly cloud apps. The IT sector is exceedingly influenced by consumer technology, as evident from the blossoming of trends like Alexa, wearables, mCommerce, etc. Furthermore, malicious elements also target end-users and try to gain their confidential information through email accounts via malpractices like spear-phishing, rather than the network architecture of a company.

A future-proof cybersecurity skillset

When it comes to cybersecurity specialists, the issue of expertise is constantly up. The demands of the new virtualized environments that DevOps developers are embracing might be a major transition for individuals used to working on on-premises, physical infrastructure.

DevOps tools like Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda, Microsoft Azure Cosmos, Docker, and others might be intimidating to folks who aren’t familiar with programming. However, in the field of cybersecurity, nothing has ever remained static. For the past 30 years, technology has been constantly evolving.

While handling code may seem like something that only developers should worry about, concepts like containerization and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) have long been part of what cybersecurity professionals have done. As a result, the leap that may be required is evolutionary.

Practically, this means better aligning the security as per the business goals. Also, it means that the data protection mission is included early in the creation of any service or application and subsequently automated (a DevOps process) for better maintenance throughout its lifetime.

Conclusion

The aim is “Secure the code as soon as you write it.”

Many startups, companies, and developers have relied on DevOps to adjust to a cloud-centric future where upcoming solutions can be readily made available to a large number of users while retaining good quality. To keep pace with the risks posed by phishing, man-in-the-middle, malware, and denial-of-service attacks, cybersecurity increasingly requires both speed and attention to detail; hence enters DevSecOps.

In redesigning cybersecurity for these updated issues, there is a lot to learn from DevOps. And it will not be an evolutionary leap taken alone. Professionals who feel passionately about cybersecurity may take up CompTIA cybersecurity certifications to validate the standards of their skills across industries, ensuring that they have what it takes to secure the infrastructure.


Jessica Watson is a professional writer for mCommerce platforms and the software that integrates with them. Currently, she is associated with RV Technologies, a leading mobile game app development company. In her free time, she likes to explore all that is trending in the mobile app development arena.

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