Journey to Enterprise Digital Transformation: Part III of IV
Ed Keen, Burwood Group
DevOps Stage 3 – Adopting DevOps creates a generative culture supported by process and tooling to deliver new applications and software updates faster than before. DevSecOps ensures that your environment is continuously secured. As the name DevSecOps implies, we are talking about layering security over every DevOps process step to instill trust throughout the software development lifecycle (SDLC).
Security and Compliance Cloud
Before we look into cloud security details, it is important to stress that continuous compliance is necessary for conducting business in a global economy. The DevSecOps approach allows development teams to implement policy as code to enable customers to have real-time visibility into compliance status and perform audits. Policy as code means that development teams define, manage and automate IT policies through code. It also means that compliance auditing can be automated and performed at every stage of the development process. Integrating compliance enables customers to verify their compliance status in real-time.
The Modern Cloud Security
As a new dynamic environment, the cloud has unique security needs that require new tools to address them. Application and data security are the primary areas of concern and subject to security experts and developers’ very active efforts.
Protecting web applications is vital as it also secures data in use by the applications. New Web Application Firewalls (WAF) have replaced the early security groups and subnets firewalls. WAF resides deployed between the applications and the sources of data to prevent unauthorized traffic.
In addition to the signature-based WAF, developers also use Runtime Application Self Protection (RASP) to further secure application and prevent suspicious application requests. RASP adapts to unknown attacks and application changes to remain current on potential threats.
Secrets and Vulnerability Management
Upon moving to the cloud, customers understandably feel vulnerable as they get used to the new environment. The cloud environment offers robust vulnerability management tools that protect access, protect identities, secures data, containers and web applications. Cloud tools also enable faster turnaround time to test, develop, and deploy cycles that result in quick corrective actions.
The Benefits of DevSecOps
When you infuse security into every step of the development cycle, you get improved holistic security that helps you earn customers’ trust. You will also be able to maintain continuous compliance and perform real-time compliance audits. Most importantly, you will build a trusted environment that protects privacy and data across its entire path.
Digital transformation may appear fraught with roadblocks. Adopting a security-centric culture helps remove threats, reduce business risks and enhance business growth. For more detailed information on the DevSecOps culture and workings, take a little time to watch this informative webcast about adopting a DevSecOps operating model. Failitated by Burwood Group, the webcast provides in-depth training on establishing a DevSecOps culture in your organization.
Take a closer look at all aspects of digital transformation by reading the next article in this four-blog series covering best practices for digital transformation in the enterprise.
- Part I: Building a reliable and governed cloud foundation <blog hyperlink>
- Part II: Adopting DevOps culture and tooling <blog hyperlink>
- Part III: Secure the cloud with DevSecOps <blog hyperlink>
- Part IV: Gaining new insights with data intelligence <blog hyperlink>
Do you prefer video? This blog series is based on a four-part webcast training hosted by NADOG and Burwood Group. View each webcast on YouTube using these links: Cloud Foundations, DevOps, DevSecOps, and Data Intelligence.
Ed Keen is Director of Cloud and DevOps at Burwood Group. Ed has broad experience across software development, operations, and cloud computing. He leads Burwood’s Google and Azure cloud practices, encompassing cloud enablement, application modernization, and migration. In complementary fashion, Ed leads Burwood’s DevOps tooling and practices to help Burwood customers evolve from traditional infrastructure to a software-defined approach to technology delivery.
When away from his computer, Ed enjoys brewing beer, running, and riding bikes around North Carolina with his wife and two young kids.