When your goal is to innovate and deliver products and services at higher speed, security can be a bit of an afterthought. This is especially true when you consider that taking such measures can slow down DevOps processes, creating cumbersome hurdles along the way.
However, the last thing a business should do is ignore vulnerabilities in their security. These days, security flaws need to be addressed immediately to avoid the risk of them being exploited by hackers.
The Need for Secure DevOps
DevOps (Development and Operations) is a catch-all phrase that refers to practices, tools and cultural philosophies within enterprise software development that aim to unify two business units: software development (Dev) and software operation (Ops).
It focuses on the improvement of traditional software development and infrastructure processes through better communication and collaboration. Improving the process in this way allows companies to innovate at a much fast pace. While it can mean a lot of different things to different people, it’s essentially about continuous integration, development, and innovation.
The trouble with DevOps is that the process involves many vulnerabilities. When you’re dealing with continuous development and daily software updates, you need to stay on top of cybersecurity or risk leaving behind flaws. And while DevOps pros are often in charge of handling security, most of them lack the proper knowledge and skills to handle security incidents adequately.
Besides the lack of knowledge and skills, there are other barriers to secure DevOps being practiced. These include inconsistent approaches, lack of automated testing tools, developer resistance and the fact that security testing tends to slow things down.
There are many ways to successfully introduce security into DevOps, including the use of penetration testing.
Penetration testing, also referred to as ethical hacking, is a process that can be used to test (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from InfoSec Resources authored by David Burke. Read the original post at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/infosecResources/~3/WkIYviEVdeU/