One of the biggest buzzwords in IT right now is “DevOps,” a set of principles that encourages close collaboration between software development and information technology operations in order to simplify and streamline the process of building, testing, and releasing software. Industry professionals have already recognized it as a game changer, as it has been proven to bolster efficiency, improve code quality, and help teams quickly recover from setbacks. Additionally, it results in software making it to market at a much faster pace, which is increasingly important in this day and age.
However, it isn’t enough to just implement DevOps practices and call it a day. In order to see any significant improvements to IT projects, you need to build a company culture that is built around DevOps principles, where developer and operations job profiles are merged into one for end to end access, bridging the gap between these two departments for the benefit of both. This new culture is necessary not just because of the need for greater communication and collaboration among teams, but because IT staff will need to learn a new set of tools in order to be effective.
Once you have established a culture that supports DevOp practices, the next step for implementing a DevOps model is to incorporate security into these practices in order to better protect your business operations. Security is so important to DevOps that it has become the driver behind its own variant of the DevOps methodology: DevSecOps. As security is paramount in a business world so plagued with cybersecurity risks, DevSecOps is a natural evolution of DevOps principles.
DevOps and DevSecOps are both based around the same central goal: deliver quality IT outcomes as quickly and effectively through continuous testing and improvement. The difference is that, in a DevSecOps team, every member treats delivering secure services as their responsibility rather than something handled by other teams. Further, it requires a different approach to software delivery, utilizing automated pipelines built around continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) techniques. Not only does this keep the process fast, it allows developers to embed security processes into the pipeline, placing security analysis earlier in the process.
This focus on security means that DevSecOps not only results in a faster time to market, it improves developer productivity with a quick visibility into any defects, identifying any application issues without the week- or month-long wait that usually follows the release of a piece of software. The main challenge of DevSecOps is simply that it requires different tools and strategies than more traditional waterfall development models, meaning that adopting DevSecOps practices will inevitably be a learning experience.
Navitas has strong experience in implementing DevSecOps best practices to Federal government and commercial clients. As such, if you need assistance into how you can best implement DevSecOps into your business, we are here to help you. For further information, you can send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 571-222-4646.
Shashi has more than 20 years of experience in the software industry with experience in Big 5 consulting, public sector, and financial industries. Shashi has helped Navitas win several new accounts by providing strategic technology and consulting expertise in Scaled Agile, DevSecOps, Cloud and Big Data analytics.