DevOps is a software development practice that brings software development (dev) and IT operations (ops) teams together. DevSecOps adds a security layer to DevOps.
DevOps (a portmanteau of “development” and “operations”) refers to the combination of practices and tools that help organizations enhance their capability to build and deliver software applications and services efficiently and faster than conventional software development and infrastructure management processes. It allows the two teams in organizations to effectively collaborate, communicate, and be transparent to build software at a lesser time and cost and still remain flexible to changes.
DevSecOps (short for development, security, and operations) is a replication of DevOps that borrows the latter’s model and adds security as an extra layer to it. The philosophy of DevSecOps brings development, security, and operations teams together in order to deliver the software to production faster while ensuring the application is secure from vulnerabilities from the initial stage of development.
The increasing interest of organizations in DevSecOps can be gauged from studies that project its market grow to USD 41.66 Billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 30.76% between 2022 and 2030. Most companies are accelerating the adoption of DevSecOps, with about 27 percent of respondents reporting they are in the advanced stage of its adoption and 50 percent in the early stages.
The question: Why should an organization and its CIO care about DevSecOps and what value it brings to software development? Let’s take a look.
In place of the traditional practice of considering security as a separate component, under DevSecOps practice security is an integral part of the software development cycle. The security team continuously tests the software as part of the software development process before releasing the application to make the code free of security vulnerabilities. The practice teams use tools and processes to facilitate collaboration between developers, security, and operation teams to build efficient and secure software, helping position security as a shared responsibility for everyone who is part of the project team.
The DevSecOps culture combines communication, people, technology, and process. Communication of the change starts at the top, with senior leaders explaining to the teams the importance and benefits of adopting DevSecOps practice. The practice also involves the use of technology tools to track, monitor, and deploy the security component in the product development process. Process is the most critical element in DevSecOps culture and it ensures that testing security and checking for security flaws are done at every stage of development and even after the application goes live.
The reason organizations and their CIOs and CTOs should care about DevSecOps is that it can help organizations improve the security of the software while also reducing the time it takes to get code from development into production. Security which is a massive issue in the software industry can be addressed with the adoption of DevSecOps to respond to security threats more quickly and with less downtime.
The reasons why organizations should adopt DevSecOps include the following key factors:
DevSecOps is a win-win for both development and security teams. In traditional software development methodologies, security testing was a separate process from the SDLC and therefore the security flaws could be detected only after the application was built.
Organizations and their CIOs and CTOs must embrace the best approach to initiate the adoption of DevSecOps based on the size and needs of the organization. Let us go over a few tips on how to get started:
DevSecOps is gaining unprecedented interest from software development teams. This is more so for those companies developing applications that will be hosted and accessed online over the internet, which makes them more vulnerable to threats. This should be read with the statistics that predict global cybercrime damages to cost up to $10.5 trillion annually by 2025 (Cybersecurity Ventures). According to another research, the global estimated cost of cybercrime is forecast to reach $13.82 trillion by 2028. CIOs and small organizations that consider security a top priority must explore ways to get help to adopt DevSecOps in their organizations, to avoid surprises and incurring losses and customers.
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