Organizations are under tremendous pressure to deliver innovative products and stick to tight release timelines. To keep up with the rapid release schedule, engineering teams are adopting the DevOps model for its increased efficiency and agility. It has changed the way that development teams think. As a result, continuously improving performance and delivering releases faster have become standard.

As software increases in complexity, security becomes even more important. The potential for vulnerabilities and threats goes up while development teams are focusing on releasing as quickly as possible. A carefully implemented DevSecOps program is designed to manage these priorities. DevSecOps integrates into your entire organization. It’s a team-level effort that treats security as a business need.

Before coming to DevOps, organizations executed their products’ security checks at the final stages of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Because the focus was predominantly on application development, this meant security was deemed to be less important than the other stages. By the time engineers performed security checks, the products would have passed through most of the other stages and been almost fully developed. The discovery of a security threat at such a late stage meant reworking countless lines of code, an agonizingly laborious and time-consuming task. Not surprisingly, patching became the preferred fix.

However, as infrastructure evolves, implementing security mechanisms becomes a concern throughout the DevOps process, with aims to prevent and mitigate security threats as they emerge across the software development process. The integration of security in DevOps incorporates development, security, and operations into the practice of “DevSecOps.” It automates security deployment during the product development lifecycle through design, configuration, testing, implementation, release, and delivery.

DevSecOps is a way of approaching security in the organization with an “everyone is responsible for security” mindset.

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