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Security Without Sacrifices: The Future of DevSecOps

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Written by Carlos Almeida
Published on June 7, 2024
Categories: Cybersecurity | DevOps | GitLab

DevSecOps encompasses development, IT operations, and the security practices maintained during the software development process.  Ensuring security while providing continuous delivery of high-quality software is the goal of DevSecOps.  Let’s explore some of its key components.

Aspects of DevSecOps 

  • Automation: DevSecOps often employs automated security testing and configuration management to ensure the speed and efficiency of workflows.
  • Continuous Monitoring: Monitoring security controls throughout the process ensures they remain effective over time.
  • Shift-Left Security: Shifting left means incorporating practices early in the development process.  In this case, it means adding security practices at the beginning of the process to prevent finding risks late in the development process.
  • Compliance as Code: It incorporates compliance requirements into the pipeline similar to adding in a line of code to ensure regulatory standards are met.
  • Tool Integration: DevOps tools seamlessly integrate with security tools, ensuring smooth security checks.
  • Collaboration: The DevSecOps process allows developers, IT operation specialists, and security teams to work together to implement the most effective security processes.
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What’s Changing?

Now that we’ve explored the main aspects of DevSecOps, we must look at its strengths and weaknesses. The following infographic from GitLab explores the opinions of multiple industry professionals who participated in the 2023 Global DevSecOps Report. They share what works for them and their team, covering shifting left, AI, and the security toolchain. 

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Implementing a DevSecOps Platform

Although developers, IT specialists, and security experts may have some differing opinions on it, there is no denying the incredible benefits of a DevSecOps platform.  These platforms integrate security, operations, and development to effectively and securely deliver software. GitLab’s platform in particular can increase efficiency, decrease time to market, improve security and collaboration, and save organizations money. If you or your business is interested in implementing GitLab’s DevSecOps platform, contact one of our professionals today. 

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