Moving to the Cloud? You Need DevSecOps.

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As we move through 2019 and look toward 2020, it is obvious that cloud technology will continue to be a major driving force for all businesses. However, application security still presents hurdles for organizations looking to take strategic advantage of cloud computing. There are many, many businesses that continue to prepare for moving to the cloud, but they aren’t quite sure how to secure that process. DevOps adopters were among the first to move to cloud, and they found success, for the most part thanks to certain DevOps tools.

However, the emergence of DevSecOps helps to ensure that there is a seamless transition and that the software development life cycle considers application security early and often. How is DevSecOps different from traditional DevOps? DevSecOps requires security integration throughout every single stage of the software process chain. It addresses and puts safety concerns at the start of every stage and continues to work to secure it. When moving to the cloud, this kind of security is imperative.

Using DevSecOps for Cloud Migration

Cloud computing providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Oracle Cloud and IBM Cloud, among others, have seen a dramatic increase in demand for their products and services. While they have been helpful, many IT firms have found themselves falling behind because they have struggled to transition without introducing additional complexity into their software portfolios. This means that their work isn’t as scalable, and it’s taking longer for them to get new products to market.

DevSecOps reduces software risk related to cloud migration because it automates security checks throughout the five R’s of cloud, whether you decide to rehost, refactor, revise, rebuild or replace. Most businesses that have had the most successful transfers to the cloud have used reliable DevSecOps tools.

Although organizations using a DevSecOps approach to cloud security should be prepared for a certain amount of detailed planning that demands some cultural change, especially when it comes to the automation of security and cloud asset configuration.

Six Factors for DevSecOps Success in Cloud Migration

The following factors can be used to determine and guide the success of your DevSecOps program for cloud migration:

 

  1. Analyzing Code – there needs to be continuous improvements of software health throughout the cloud migration process. For many, this will mean revisiting code and looking at it again. This can also impact code analysis, quality assurance, and delivery cycles.
  2. Automated Testing – automated testing can save time and money. It is a key part of the DevSecOps process, and it helps to streamline cloud evaluation processes, helping you get to the cloud faster.
  3. Managing Change – DevSecOps helps to link teams and make them aware of what everyone is doing. It is an important aspect to help with the management of the change. By keeping everyone abreast of the changes, it helps to address any issues and tackle any vulnerabilities.
  4. Monitoring Compliance – compliance will always play a key role in an organization’s growth. Regulations help in the creation of code and with any changes that may occur after it. It can also help in the case of an audit.
  5. Investigating Threats threat investigation is important for defining the security readiness of any organization. It is important to keep your eyes on possible threats so that you can tackle them as quickly as possible.
  6. Personnel Training – knowing your team and what they are capable of is important - ensuring that they know the newest techniques is even more important.

In doing all of this, you will get the culture of your business ready for the next step: moving to the cloud.

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Srinivas Kedarisetty
Srinivas Kedarisetty Security Product Owner
Srinivas has more than 18 years of experience in leading IT delivery teams across India, the U.S. and Europe while managing product security, microservices and SDK. Highly skilled in developing and driving products from conception through the entire product lifecycle, Srinivas has a track record of improving products and teams to create value for customers.
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