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Blog: How Dev-First Security Becomes The New Path For Security

POSTED ON: August 19, 2020 TAG: DevSecOps, Digital Transformation

The whole world is marching towards digital transformation with larger steps, yet the need for security remains unchanged. Whether it is software, DevOps, or cloud, well-built security practices need to be in place and implemented well across your enterprise. The major challenge that organizations of today face is their security teams remain siloed, which is why they are not consulted and communicated with, leading to insecure enterprise application development.

This is not the path you want to take while transforming your business digitally.

Businesses need a new approach to continuous and integrated security, i.e. developer-first security. It is a good practice to anchor security into new methods and technologies. Only then can it make teams self-sufficient and efficient, acting as a catalyst for your business.

Prioritize DevSecOps

DevSecOps is all about fast and secure code delivery. It can be defined as a means of approaching IT security with a mindset: “everyone is responsible for security”. DevSecOps involves incorporating security practices into the DevOps pipeline of an enterprise.

You need to prioritize DevSecOps that demands developers as well as security teams to collaborate and be equally responsible for security. Developers need not only be thoughtful of security first but also feel empowered to take the onus of it. Security teams need not behave like a controller. Instead, they should be supportive and enable developers to find and resolve security-related issues.

What is DevSecOps?

According to Gartner, DevSecOps refers to the integration of security into emerging agile IT and DevOps development as seamlessly and as transparently as possible. In an ideal situation, this is done without minimizing the agility or speed of developers or necessitating them to leave their development toolchain environment.

Developers as well as security teams aim to build secure software, focusing on innovation at the same time. More than 50% of organizations take a collaborative approach to application security, according to a survey conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group, an IT analyst company. The collaborative approach to security helps organizations to become highly efficient and promote digital business transformation.

Empower Developers

Developers need to learn why security is critical in the code they create and understand code-related threats. This way they would know what happens if the code is breached. Developers should embrace security solutions. Typically, they surround themselves with self-serve tools that enable enterprise application development and emphasize on fixing issues.

Let us understand this better with an example. When we talk about security teams, “zooming out” means looking at known vulnerabilities across all applications to evaluate risks. In the case of developers, it means seeking defects of the same applications, including operability, functionality, and quality. The distinction here compels you to rethink and show security flaws to your development team, placing them within an application context, rather than a risk context.

Remember dev-oriented security solutions need to bear built-in security expertise, guiding developers towards making a secure decision for a secure app.

Build Security Champions

The best way to extend your reach to the development team is by building security champions and they should be good as influencers. Align the security group to the development team. You may assign an AppSec person to various dev teams so that developers have a chance to access a clear partner. Easy collaboration comes with better alignment.

When you have a security champion within your team of developers, security is on the top-of-mind for them, improving the overall quality of your apps at the same time. Security champions can compensate for a lack of security and governance skills. These security champions act like a force multiplier creating security awareness, answering questions, and passing on security-related best practices.

Security champions are nominated from the team of developers and are quite engaged in the app development project, which is why, they can effectively communicate security issues to the development team. Increasing the security quality of code at the development stage helps to minimize bottlenecks at the security review stage with your security team focusing on high-value tasks.

Are you moving the needle on application security?

The earlier you push security-related activities into the SDLC (software development life cycle), the bigger is the payoff. Finding and fixing issues at the earliest makes it affordable for businesses and save on huge costs. After all, the sooner you find bugs in the app developed, the better off you are at creating lesser side effects at the time of fixing them.

The concept of “developer-first security” will continue to gain prominence due to demand for highly secure apps, adoption of agile computing, the introduction of user-friendly testing tools, and more regulatory compliance requirements.

POSTED ON: August 19, 2020 TAG: DevSecOps, Digital Transformation

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