The Integration of DevOps and Cybersecurity

The Integration of DevOps and Cybersecurity

Security Flaws. Slowdowns. Glitches. They are all expensive to patch up and appear with negative press, which is hard to overcome. How do the DevOps and CyberSecurity teams work together to handle these risks? Especially when the release is time-sensitive?
Even those of us that had integrated development and operations entirely into DevOps still remember when the teams were in two separate departments. And this led to costly challenges that came to the light aftermarket.

For those that apply DevOps, it’s hard to imagine development and operations as separate departments. DevOps has reached monumental strides, but there is still one more step to carry to maximize risk management: completely integrate cybersecurity into DevOps.
Both DevOps and security personnel need to come to terms with the others’ primary objectives, as DevOps wants to rapidly grow and deploy software, while CyberSecurity personnel wish to mitigate and handle risk by thoroughly checking for any possible breachable point in the software.

A Growing Friendship
While CyberSecurity integrates into DevOps, the increasing communication within the two departments will exponentially increase risk management and deal with issues that emerge.
At the Symantec Government Symposium, A DevOps programmer once jested that “We don’t need to have all this security risk management stuff, and we don’t need to have cybersecurity, we need a solution now.”
David Blankenhorn, CTO of DLT Solutions, said. “The reality of the DevOps environment is not that you’re doing your testing, your security…it’s that you’re doing it on a much more micro-scale.”
At AppSecUSA, the annual meeting of the Open Web Application Security Project, white-hat hacker Josh Corman claimed that’s it’s on the security professionals to change to a centralized environment of the DevOps teams. “The DevOps tribe is ready to give us a big hug..stop resisting empathy that comes with teamwork.”
Corman reemphasized that he believes the source of the disconnect is shared misunderstanding. “Cyber Security Professionals call it mitigation and patching; DevOps call it unscheduled critical work,” Corman concludes that the only way for DevOps to enhance efficiency is to increase security and risk management. DevOps realizes it too.

Immediately Results
Brian A Mchenry Sr, a Senior Security Solutions Architect at F5 Networks, discussed the advantages of the merging of the DevOps and Cyber Security worlds to increase the ability to minimize and handle risks.
Embracing SecDevOps as an element of a broader DevOps culture and philosophy enables us to seek out tools and skills that would leverage present API opportunities and drive decisions toward a more fully integrated approach to SDN.
These new skills and tools can even be an extension of existing practices. SecDevOps would help automate and orchestrate any needed adjustments in the security service chains.
SecDevOps integrates security standards into its development and deployment philosophy, as security always has and will always be an integral component of the software product life cycle. However, there are more solutions to be found that will result from the coming together of the worlds of Cyber Security and DevOps.

The Future
The turn into “DevSecOps” will open the door for a more dynamic and safe way of managing infrastructure and automated deployment. As we act towards maximizing risk management and prevention, flexibility, speed, time to market, and security will be equally prioritized.

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