DevSecOps – Strategies and Considerations

The BTC Team

As technology advances, applications are becoming increasingly complex, and it is essential to ensure that they remain secure. That’s where DevSecOps comes in. DevSecOps is a combination of software development and security practices that help to ensure that applications are secure from the start. In this blog post, we will discuss what DevSecOps is and how it can help keep your application secure. 

What is DevSecOps? 

DevSecOps is an approach to development and operations that emphasizes collaboration between developers, operations personnel, and security teams throughout the entire life cycle of an application development. The goal of DevSecOps is to build security into the process from the start so that vulnerabilities can be identified and fixed before they become a problem. By integrating security into each step of the development process, organizations can go beyond compliance and create more secure applications overall. 

Common Strategies of DevSecOps 

  • Shift-Left Security: Shift-left security involves shifting security processes earlier in the development cycle so that vulnerabilities can be identified and remediated earlier on. This helps ensure that all applications are tested for vulnerabilities before they are released into production environments. 
  • Automated Testing: Automating testing processes allows organizations to quickly identify potential issues with their code before they become major problems down the line. 
  • Infrastructure as Code: Infrastructure as Code (IaC) allows organizations to manage their infrastructure with code rather than manual configuration changes, making it easier to deploy changes quickly and consistently across multiple environments. 
  • Secure Coding Practices: Adopting secure coding practices helps developers write code in such a way that potential issues are caught early on thereby preventing major problems later on. 
  • Threat Modeling: Threat modeling involves proactively analyzing an application’s architecture for potential threats so that they can be identified and addressed during development or deployment phases. 
  • Continuous Improvement: Continuous improvement involves regularly assessing your processes and making improvements based on feedback from both internal teams as well as customers or users. 

Other Important Security Considerations for Application Development   

  • Vulnerability Assessment: Vulnerability assessments involve regularly scanning applications for known threats in order to identify any potential issues before they become major problems down the line. 
  • Penetration Testing: Penetration testing involves proactively attempting to exploit weaknesses in an application’s design or implementation in order to identify any potential issues before they become major problems down the line 
  • OWASP Top 10 & NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Organizations should also familiarize themselves with both OWASP Top 10—which outlines common web application vulnerabilities—and NIST Cybersecurity Framework—which outlines best practices for securing IT systems—in order to ensure their applications meet industry standards for security.   

Ensuring application security is essential in today’s digital world, and one of the best ways to do this is through DevSecOps. By incorporating security into each step of the development process—from planning through deployment—organizations can go beyond compliance requirements and create more secure applications overall while improving their agility at the same time!



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