5 WAYS TO INCREASE SCALE AND EFFICIENCY
Even with security as a shared responsibility, security teams can’t expect developers to instantly become security experts and make the right security control decisions the first chance they get. Just like DevOps, DevSecOps is a philosophy that requires cultural change in the way applications are developed and deployed. However, if security teams focus on the five areas below, they can lower cost, increase efficiency, and improve ability to scale:
and build security into the process as early as possible in the development lifecycle.
MAKE THE SECURE PATH THE EASY PATH
by focusing on delivering packaged, frictionless security controls that are built into the developer’s (CI/CD) pipeline.
BREAK DOWN SILOS
to increase collaboration and feedback between development, operations, and security teams (App Devs, DevOps, and SecOps).
NURTURE SECURITY CHAMPIONS
within your development teams to keep security top of mind.
CREATE A BUILD PIPELINE
to build security controls and testing in the same tool the developer uses. This way, controls are applied automatically and consistently, and development teams don’t have to depend on security teams for every new release.
SECURITY CONTROLS FOR DEVOPS
The earlier that security requirements are addressed in the software development lifecycle, the lower the cost and impact to the business. Research suggests that software bugs are approximately 5 to 10 times less expensive to fix during the software development lifecycle than if you wait until production. Additionally, any modification to code can introduce other bugs or security vulnerabilities.
Mitigating controls, such as F5’s Advanced WAF, and automated test cases can be built into the continuous integration and continuous delivery pipeline consistently across the lifecycle of applications, from development to production. This allows you to test for vulnerabilities at code commit and deployment. Also, with security test automation you can incorporate abuse-test cases and attempts to exploit system vulnerabilities to confirm that your infrastructure is identifying and blocking those attempts. This ensures you can defend against known, unknown, and advanced vulnerabilities and threats to the application while minimizing false positives.
Addressing every vulnerability at the release cadence required of today’s DevOps teams is impractical. Development teams should be pragmatic and focus on the highest exposures. As for the rest, F5’s Advanced WAF can help control the risk associated with the remaining known and unknown vulnerabilities, in part through automation with Dynamic Application Security Test (DAST) platforms.
Advanced WAF can also help control highly challenging advanced threats, such as application layer distributed denial of service, credential stuffing, man-in-the-browser credential stealing, and threats to APIs and mobile applications. Your security team can offer these capabilities as security services that can be consumed without friction by DevOps teams.
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