DevOps is essential for developing software quickly and using a Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) approach. But are you overlooking proper security in your DevOps workflow?
In this article, we’ll discuss a few of the most important elements of DevOps and Security Integration, and how you can protect your software from bugs, errors, and vulnerabilities in code which could lead to data breaches and other security flaws. Let’s get started.
1. Use Secure DevOps Tools During Your Projects
First and foremost, your developers should be using secure DevOps tools to build their software and systems. Your DevOps stack should be composed of only reputable, well-known platforms to ensure that your risk of a security breach is minimized.
Not only that, but you should make sure that you administer these tools properly. Regular updates and frequent maintenance can help you ensure that you prevent data breaches and fix any bugs or vulnerabilities that may be present during the development process – this ensures that you can keep your DevOps systems secure.
2. Perform Security Tests On DevOps Modules Before Deployment
Security needs to be incorporated into your DevOps process – rather than simply “DevOps,” your approach should be “DevSecOps.” Security must be built into the process of deploying your modules during every phase of the DevOps cycle.
Performing a security check on your module before the code ships is the best way to catch issues that may have gone overlooked during the development process – and reduces the prevalence of errors, bugs and vulnerabilities.
3. Utilize Automated IAST Tools To Build Security Check Workflows
DevOps and CI/CD make use of automated tools to test and check code – so you should do the same with your security tools. There are three major types of security testing tools:
- Static Application Security Testing (SAST) tools are built to assess and analyze source code and compiled code to find issues and security flaws
- Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) tools are intended to look for flaws and vulnerabilities while code is running
- Interactive Application Security Testing (IAST) tools use a hybrid approach, and combine both SAST and DAST. This has a number of advantages, as it allows you to check both static and compiled, running code for errors.
We recommend using an automated IAST testing suite to help your developers catch software problems early in the DevOps pipeline- Doing so will ensure the issues are easy to find, and will not be excessively costly to fix.
4. Measure Metrics And Regularly Require Reporting
Measuring metrics related to your DevOps security is important for improving your software production pipeline. You should do your best to measure metrics like your total number of vulnerabilities, quality thresholds, and other issues for each developer to help them assess their performance and find areas of improvement.
In addition, regular reports outlining security flaws and the actions taken to correct them will help you identify the top challenges facing your DevOps cycle, and ensure you stay informed.
A DevSecOps Approach Will Help Ensure You Avoid System Vulnerabilities
Integrating security into your DevOps approach is no longer optional. With modern data protection regulations like GDPR threatening huge fines for data breaches and other such issues, it’s more important than ever to integrate security into your DevOps and CI/CD cycle.