Agile, DevOps, and other development methodologies are enabling organizations to refine their development approach and streamline it for efficiency, functionality, and rapid deployment. The speed and frequency of new releases are raising key security and compliance concerns, however. To keep up with the rapid pace of delivery, organizations need to integrate processes and tools into their build pipelines to detect vulnerabilities more quickly.

Unfortunately, adding security to existing processes isn’t always an easy task. Although 86% of security and tech roles agree security should be a shared responsibility, many still feel security challenges affect a team’s ability to quickly deliver software. To address this seeming discord, organizations are working to bridge the gap between development and operations (DevOps) and security teams via DevSecOps.

In this guide, we’ll explore the concept of DevSecOps and how its role, partnered with dependency mapping and other Agile tools, can provide full-stack visibility for security risk management.

What is DevSecOps?

DevSecOps integrates security into Agile and DevOps workflows throughout the entire software development lifecycle (SDLC). The objective is to remove the divide that typically exists between security and development teams and embed automated security processes into workflows that the development team oversees. Fully integrating security testing into CICD pipelines builds up a development team’s knowledge and skills so they can internally identify, test, and fix any issues. The goal is to make everyone in the SDLC accountable for security at each stage of the project.

By embracing DevSecOps, teams can increase software release frequency without increasing security risks. Automating security throughout the delivery process reduces delays, vulnerabilities and defects, and project costs since teams can find and resolve security concerns quickly at each stage in the SDLC.

Organizational risk posture is a bigger concern in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic has driven a greater adoption of digital transformation and a rise in cybersecurity attacks. Organizations that are adding more digital technologies to their tech stack need DevSecOps to ensure safe and secure products.

Why is DevSecOps Adoption Growing?

Many industry thought-leaders have begun embracing DevSecOps to manage agility and security requirements that support complex digital environments. A large reason for this mass adoption is the increase in cyber attacks and data breaches, with 90% of organizations reporting a data breach in the last year.

Organizations also adopt DevSecOps for many other reasons, including:

  • To ensure security is built into the product, not just applied in the final stage.
  • To create transparent workflows and better collaboration during development and delivery.
  • For quicker delivery timelines with lowered costs.
  • To ensure faster detection and resolution of security issues.

Though DevSecOps teams are becoming a more common staple in organizations, they are still fairly new. Over 90% of organizations report having either DevOps or DevSecOps teams, but only 21% have had their DevSecOps teams in place for more than 2 years. Moreover, the ratio of DevSecOps to development personnel isn’t always ideal. Commonly, businesses are reporting a ratio between 1 in 6 to 1 in 10 DevSecOps to development team members. As security issues continue to grow, organizations looking to optimize their risk posture will need to consider their DevSecOps policies more carefully.

Typical Steps in a DevSecOps Workflow

In its simplest form, the steps in a DevSecOps workflow can be broken down as follows:

  1. Security tests are performed by the development team.
  2. Testing issues are detected and managed by the development team.
  3. Issues are resolved by the development team.

To break it down into a more granular level, DevSecOps teams are responsible for planning, developing, and deploying products with a security-oriented mindset. The steps involved in the process often include:

  1. Planning: Planning is essential. Plan beyond product features to include UI and UX designs, test criteria, threat models, and functional and non-functional security requirements.
  2. Development: Evaluate existing practices and choose resources to build a development model with integrated security measures and dependency mapping. 
  3. Build: Leverage automated build tools to conduct test-driven development and enforce security standards with static code analysis.
  4. Test: Incorporate security testing into all stages of development including front and back-end testing, API testing, database testing, and even passive security testing.
  5. Deploy: Audit properties across your ecosystem and ensure secure configurations during a deployment.
  6. Operate / Monitor: Conduct routine maintenance and upgrades while prioritizing security checks to spot and resolve vulnerabilities immediately.
  7. Adapt:  Continue to improve and adapt your DevSecOps practices in all stages of the SDLC. Keep developers on top of new cybersecurity best practices with ongoing training.

How Dependency Maps Provide Added Visibility to DevSecOps

Adopting DevSecOps in your organization means approaching security as an ongoing part of the software development process. This requires teams to have robust dependency maps to track which dev dependencies exist, identify potential vulnerabilities in those dependencies, and patch them quickly.

Dependency maps are critical for DevSecOps teams to have full-stack visibility and make informed decisions. Dependency mapping helps DevSecOps teams know what’s in their environment—including direct and transitive dependencies in their code. When a security vulnerability is detected, teams can determine its impact and deploy immediate security patches.

How KloudGaze Dependency Mapping Minimizes Risk at Every Stage of the SDLC

With powerful dependency mapping solutions like KloudGaze, companies can map every application and database in their ecosystem for a 360-degree view. This granular dependency model leverages smart APIs to provide code-level visibility to rapidly identify and resolve vulnerabilities.

Embracing DevOps means teams should approach security as an ongoing part of software development. Dependency mapping is the most critical element to complete your organization’s DevOps framework and enable Agile teams to sprint faster, while also prioritizing security at each step. Dependency maps are also critical for teams facilitating a cloud migration.

Kloudgaze’s automated technology delivers powerful analysis across each phase of the DevSecOps cycle and seamlessly integrates with tools to deliver high ROIs and reduce vulnerabilities in your code.

Find out more about how KloudGaze’s agentless solution can propel your DevSecOps forward with security-focused dependency mapping by requesting a free trial of our platform. If you have additional questions about KloudGaze contact us here.

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