Three Reasons Why DevOps Is a Game-Changer for Security

A lot has been written about how the DevOps revolution is making life much more challenging for cybersecurity. A big reason why: Security teams are largely missing from DevOps sprints and scrums today. This lack of security participation in a discipline that prides itself on breaking down silos and facilitating collaboration is creating a significant Cyber Exposure gap that needs to be addressed. As a result, cybersecurity is constantly scrambling to identify and secure assets and applications after release – like a never-ending game of Whac-A-Mole. Surely, there’s a better way. Fortunately, there is. And the answer actually includes more DevOps – specifically, encouraging cybersecurity teams to embrace DevOps principles in their own processes and workflows. Here are three reasons why combining these two practices is a game-changer for security. 1) Built-in security Security testing needs to live where developers live, namely in the DevOps pipeline. It’s critical to adapt security processes to the developer, and not the other way around. This ensures that security is not an afterthought during development and developers never have to leave their continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) systems for quality assurance testing. Building security into DevOps is a huge win for cybersecurity effectiveness. 2)...
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Is DevOps the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Security?

Many of us have heard this story before, and it goes something like this: Developers are focused on one thing and one thing only - speed. They expunge anything that gets in their way or slows them down. And they can, because successful DevOps is becoming a core competitive differentiator for many organizations. Security leaders are focused on one thing and one thing only - risk. They are vigilant with ensuring compliance with enterprise policy and abhor change. And they can, because major cyberattacks and security breaches can become company killers. It doesn’t take much imagination to picture these two functions at odds with one another. Even InfoSec professionals, 77 percent of them according to Gartner, agree that their own policies slow IT’s ability to respond quickly to the needs of the business. However, the trend among IT leaders is about increasing throughput and speed. A recent study looked at the differences between high and low IT performers and found that high performers deploy code 46x more frequently, have 440x faster lead times from commit and deploy, and are 2x more likely to exceed profitability and market share goals. How can DevOps and InfoSec bridge this...
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