DevSecOps and Public Cloud Providers: The Path to Automated and Integrated Security Testing

Today’s digital security landscape can be described in one word: complexity. In fact, threats are more numerous and advanced, compliance requirements are indeterminate and complex, the infrastructures to be secured are vague. In other words, securing applications, data, and supply chains is more than just a full-time job, and unfortunately, companies struggle to keep up.

The security problem

Engineers from DevOps teams are evolving in a seamless environment and automated seamless server integration allows development and testing to be performed with complete autonomy. Thus, security should necessarily be available to the entire team in the same way: practical, accessible at all times by engineers, transparent and efficient.

However, security is often considered a bottleneck because it is common for some experts to find themselves interacting with multiple versions of applications and multiple teams of developers. Because of this variation between teams, the level of requests is saturated and delays are cumulative.

Using an AppSec team separate from DevOps teams is now complicated, even risky, because thanks to the automation possible through this method, application teams publish new improvements or changes weekly , combined with slow remediation advice. Application security is a real bottleneck.

Integration and automation for rescue

Therefore, security teams and developers must now work together, and no longer be separated from each other. In fact, developers should not wait for answers or interrupt their work to get help, but should, on the contrary, be equipped with security solutions that they can and should understand, but above all that can they configure and use themselves.

It is also necessary to ensure that these tools integrate with the way they work: from onboarding to delivery, with their IDEs when they place code, as well as with code removal requests. In other words, it must ensure that all tests and verifications produce an immediate and accurate comment. As with adopting the DevOps method, DevSecOps must be an integral part of the corporate culture to be as effective as possible.

The benefits of the DevSecOps approach

The biggest challenges for DevOps teams consist of competing priorities, lack of standardized tools, and lack of cooperation between development and security teams. Although it is difficult to find and maintain skilled AppSec experts and developers, securing outsourced, third-party, and open-source code presents an additional challenge for DevOps teams. Current development methods mean faster release cycles and increasing pressure for apps to enter production faster, which will undoubtedly have an impact on app security.

At a time when cyberattacks are a permanent threat, it is now important for companies to use the DevSecOps approach that will allow them to automate application security. It will be possible to establish a “shift left” culture that allows faster delivery of applications, combined with faster security feedback. The DevSecOps method helps automate all manual security processes such as code scans and enables faster response and remediation. Something that reassures customers, but above all to ensure the sustainability of the company by further strengthening its security.

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