DevOps is an environment wherein developers and operations work together throughout the entire service lifecycle, from designing and development to product support. DevOps has become essential for growth and survival, but protecting the software delivery and deployment pipeline has become more critical than ever before. DevSecOps has become more essential now than ever before.
What is DevSecOps?
DevOps is a set of practices that combines software development (Dev) and IT operations (Ops). It aims to shorten the systems development life cycle and provide continuous delivery with high software quality.
SecOps (Security + Operations) is a movement created to facilitate collaboration between IT security and operations teams and integrate the technology and processes they use to keep systems and data secure — all in an effort to reduce risk and improve business agility.
Uber’s security breach in 2017 resulted in personal details and information leak of 57 million customers and 600,000 drivers because engineers failed to secure and update the credentials they were using on GitHub. Uber also had to pay a $100,000 ransom to hackers in an attempt to get the hackers to delete the acquired data.
In recent years, we have seen that cyber-attacks have increased many folds, and even the most prepared organizations can’t deny the risk of undergoing a cyber-attack. It came into notice in the past few days that zero-day attacks compromised more than 65% of the total attacks, and the threats to cloud-based applications have significantly increased, which were previously negligible as more organizations are shifting towards cloud environments.
Incorporating security is essential to the DevOps process as security can no longer be neglected or underestimated. Further, this increased level of threat has given rise to DevSecOps.
DevSecOps and DevSecOps Tools aim at integrating security principles and standards in the DevOps cycle, i.e., implementing security controls at each level of the DevOps cycle, especially in the early stages of the software development lifecycle. It also helps create a ‘Security as Code’ approach by ensuring flexible collaboration between security teams and release engineers.