Recently, I talked about the transition of DevOps to DevSecOps and the reasons app developers are moving to the latter model to strengthen the security of their applications.
This isn’t just the wish of the Mobile and desktop app developers bit it’s now the industry standard to employ the DevSecOps model.
Today, I would like to talk about this advancement and its effects in the application development industry.
How does DevSecOps affect the new application environments?
DevSecOps is relevant for the modern application environment based on containers and microservices, according to Tech Pally.
DevSecOps and containerization – why pure DevOps is no longer sufficient today
Container platforms and orchestrators for managing the containers have long since replaced conventional monolithic applications in the cloud-native application environment.
In container orchestration, modern, microservices-based applications are operated on container platforms such as Docker and managed with orchestrators such as Kubernetes.
The application development processes shortened by Docker containers and Kubernetes and the continuous provision of software present the pure DevOps concept with new challenges:
Security aspects are not sufficiently taken into account in the DevOps workflow and fall by the wayside at high development speeds, Chaktty said.
DevOps enables agile, dynamically scalable application structures and is sufficient for the development of classic monolithic applications, but modern and ever faster application development requires a holistic approach such as DevSecOps.
Slow and outdated security practices and development processes that run over several months are no longer acceptable today in the app development industry.
Also, the global cybercrime threat has made most app developers to up their game in this business as vulnerable apps are not likely to soar high in sales.
Integrate security into the SDLC
So security is not only an essential part of software releases for data protection and reputation reasons, but has also become a cost factor.
In order to be able to balance dynamic development with adequate security, more and more companies are expanding their DevOps practices to include a DevSecOps approach, according to businesspally.
Software developers and IT security managers work together to integrate application security into the DevOps process.
DevSecOps professionals prove effectiveness
While two thirds of all applications are scanned for vulnerabilities less than six times a year, these companies get over 300 scans per year.
This enables them to fix the weaknesses in their programs 11.5 times faster than other companies.
By increasing the number of scans from 1-12 to at least 50, companies are already able to reduce the number of vulnerabilities from 72 percent to 38 percent after 50 days.
Even if the advantages of the DevSecOps approach may already be known to many companies, the changeover is often difficult.
Similar to the implementation of DevOps, DevSecOps requires a high level of willingness to cooperate on the part of all those involved.
The cooperation between developers, IT operating staff and security experts often leads to conflicts, as the individual priorities counteract the interests of the other parties.
The path from DevOps to DevSecOps is made more difficult by the technological requirements than by the mindset of the employees.
For many, the changeover to agile methods represents an extreme change.
Companies must provide appropriate training to ensure that there is a company-wide transparent and open corporate culture.
Classic approaches to software development still lag behind when it comes to application security.
DevSecOps automation helps development teams