DevOps enables a rapid, agile development environment, allowing engineers from different disciplines to test, improve, evolve, and deploy new applications without unnecessary delays. Through practices like continuous integration and delivery, companies using a DevOps model can streamline processes, getting products to customers faster and staying more competitive in their market.

Organizations are also starting to incorporate security into DevOps, forming a new evolution of the model called DevSecOps. The basic principle of DevSecOps is that security must be integrated into every step of the development process. With DevSecOps, security isn’t a separate function that is added on at the end of the workflow; instead, security is a concern for everyone on the team and woven into the DevOps lifecycle.

 

Tips for Shifting to a DevSecOps Model

The transition to DevSecOps may require a change in culture and practices, but it will make your organization more agile and secure. Here are a few steps you can take to get started:

 

Understand Why

Cyberattacks, data breaches, and other security threats are risky for all organizations. Security precautions should be built into your DevOps environment, not an afterthought.

 

Break Down Barriers

In the past, IT and security teams worked in isolation from software engineering teams. This separation can promote the misconception that security is an obstacle for developers to overcome. Integrating the two functional areas allows teams to work together toward common goals.

 

Prioritize Security and Agility

Security practices do not have to get in the way of agile development goals. A successful DevSecOps model supports instead of hinders an agile environment. Look for ways to build in security measures with automation. AI and machine learning can help you reach your security objectives without slowing down development.

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