DevSecOps – Putting Security Into DevOps Is Tougher Than It Looks

DevOps is the combination of development(Dev) and operations(Ops). Here, technology is combined with people and processes to add continuous value to customers. In the last two decades, software development has learned a lesson to integrate security inside a compiled code at an early stage. Integrating security is an urgent call, and the technology and security approach must be systematic to its application and data. This can be done by learning DevOps software development. The discussion about DevOps covers a lot of ground. The Devs and Ops teams work together, and they are no more isolated.

There are some in-built features in DevOps for protecting secrets. But, these features don’t have the facility for sharing secrets across platforms, tools, and cloud security. In addition, adding a stage of security checking in the coding lifecycle was implementing the left shift. There were complaints that it was not easy. It also delayed down everything. The disasters were vulnerable, and industry was the time for industries to make changes. One of the case studies was Microsoft’s novel about Security Development Lifecycle (SDL). This case study was done in the early 2000s. However, today coding is defined differently by elegant development, cloud-native applications, and Infrastructure as Code (IaC). Platforms like Kubernetes are used for continuous coordination. In this highly moving DevOps, the idea of innovation has gone to the breaking point. Testing, coding, and deploying the code are done at remarkable speed.

DevSecOps is about adding the security of development and operations. The frameworks used are Automated testing and common weakness calculation. In DevSecOps, we integrate security from the start, and it is the primary development objective of DevSecOps. In this, security is attached to every process, and there is no disturbance in the pipeline. There are mainly two things: First, data and applications must be protected within the automation chain of DevOps. The second is security to be built into the application.

The main questions are: What is to be changed? While adding DevOps to our corporate, what are the fundamental changes? What approach should be followed for making the changes? What will affect our SecOps approach by answers to previous DevOps questions?




DevOps security needs to be systematic. Also, each part of the automation step should be systematic from development to testing and operations. In production, we should also keep security as a primary concern as we create and operate applications, too—this continuous security.

It would help to identify access management (IAM) for production systems and DevOps. It includes various components and players, including developers, staging systems, integration servers, and production systems. It is impossible from traditional security approaches to track people and tools.


Find Your Vulnerabilities

It is pretty easy to find security vulnerabilities during the process of DevOps automation. You can just provide an infosec audit, which includes tools, systems, techniques, and players. Questions that can be included to ask are:

  • Do developers have rights to access the data and the application code?
  • Is the application, code, and data made during the DevOps process maintained well? Are they tracked with the same degree?
  • Is the level of tracking identity is fine-grained? Does that include storage objects and microservices?
  • Is the security centralized to track DevOps and production using the same database?

Many proclaim to limit the security in DevOps, which is to give the developers freedom so that they can quickly build and deploy the application. It is considered that DevOps speed and agility to the market, and therefore, security should be logically automated.

For DevOps solutions, invest in security solutions.

As we move towards more heterogeneous and distributed systems, we are more focused on IAM for DevOps. DevOps and production servers are mainly about this. The number one priority issue for DevOps was security and compliance. Therefore, investment is being made within the enterprise and public and private, and private cloud systems to resolve it. This investment was made in IAM.

Test DevOps Security

How do you recognize that the systematic need for security selected for your DevOps system is working correctly? As mentioned earlier, auditing is one of the ways. Another way is penetration testing, and this testing is done on production and DevOps systems.

Executing penetration testing for tools and DevOps servers is much more complex as compared to data storage and production of applications. This is because you are replicating attacks on more than one target. Any automated tool can be applied for system penetration testing.

Play The Long Game

People and processes are more critical in creating a long-term strategy for DevOps, and it is more about them than technology.

Provide your developers with the knowledge to become security-aware. It should be more focused on the security of DevOps automation systems.

Your developers should have proper tools to build secure systems. Also, keep note of your DevOps system security.

To ensure that items are not missed, make sure to test their security several times.

Developers Are Key

As per business expectations, IT companies are changing their game of DevOps and the cloud. Earlier, the application took months or years to build, but now they take days or hours. Developers are becoming the single point to address security. So, the enterprise needs to work closely with developers. Developers have the power to fix the issues. This can be done with excellent training and support from the IT leadership team. It’s time to invest in the training of DevOps technology.



There are multiple paths for DevOps.It depends on the organization’s work. Successful initiatives are taken from both dev and ops teams. Therefore, it isn’t easy to give a general way to implement it. You have to start it with yourself. Learn about the principles, values, methods, and practices of DevOps. Try to spread it via the most effective channel. We have given most of the information in the above content by which you can get the proper knowledge of DevOps.


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