Cloud computing has penetrated through various organizations of which only a few have mastered the art of migration successfully. According to a survey conducted across US, Canada and UK, the migration of existing application to cloud paves them way to access and take advantage of cloud-native technology. The results showed that around 65% of respondents are strategizing to shift to cloud while 25% of them are refactoring application to avail the benefits of the cloud-natives.

While organizations are trying to adopt cloud, they are also skeptical about the security of the process. Despite this insecurity, DevOps helps in cloud migration and drives success by using its tools like Puppet, Jira, Chef, etc. However, DevSecOps emerged to eradicate such uncertainty and to ensure seamless migration.  DevOps ensures security integration throughout the process automatically with practices like refactor, rebuild, replace, etc.

Why prioritize Cloud Migration

Top organizations that develop and deploy applications in the cloud consider security as their highest priority for which we need to integrate DevOps and security tools and groups. Besides the common fact that cloud migration works better than the on-premises there are various reasons to adopt cloud migration like

  • better security, lesser downtime
  • better scalability
  • higher ROI
  • easy storage
  • lesser cost

Methodologies Facilitating Cloud Migration

These companies migrate to cloud through ways such as

  • Lift and shift is an approach to shift applications to cloud without any code changes offering a rapid and less resource-concentrated migration process.
  • Lift and refit is an approach of shifting the application to cloud and then modifying them according to the environment for better efficiency.
  • Cloud-native is a way of developing and building application exclusively for the cloud and are done by the cloud service providers.

All of the above has numerous caveats concerning security and organizations will have to be diligent towards the potential threats occurring through the process of migration like data breach, APT, mishandling and misconfiguration of cloud services resulting in attacks and data exfiltration.

DevOps security- The key player of software automation

Many organizations practice DevOps security rigorously by automating security activities. The Security activity is a process of testing all the application and its security control to save from various vulnerabilities. It becomes essential to test the software components, codes, configuration, and monitor the production environment for any data breach, tampering or extraction.

DevOps security practice automates security programs and adds them to the CI Devops pipeline continuously. This process builds the trust that every build goes through security verifications and meets the release criteria. This eliminates the process of waiting until the release for security checks to make any code or component change. Thus, it is easy for us to handle security on a daily basis.

Security factors aiding cloud migration:

Code analysis: Revisiting the codes and finding out defects are the best and simple way to avoid critical issues. This enhances the chances of better quality assurance, code analysis, and quicker delivery cycles.

Test analysis: Besides saving cost and time, we can streamline cloud evaluation processes to move to cloud quickly.

Change management: updating all the teams about every change made in the process is highly important to track, resolve and document issues.

Threat investigation: it is easy to bring in security readiness by investigating all the threats immediately.

Monitoring compliance plays an important role in the growth of the organization. This reduces the case of audit, creates code and helps in case audits. It regulates the codes and changes made postcode creation.

DevOps Security- The inevitable need for cloud migration

We need to ensure that we know our teams better by skills and capability

However, all organizations cannot use the same practice which leads to failure. Every product differs from one another and we shall carry out security activities only when we understand their functionality and how these would meet the security standards. Like how we review codes in build, we should also review the security activity by the professionals of the team developing the application who are well aware of the requirement, plan, and execution. These teams should review and find the potential issues in the release process for in-depth documentation of the application.

Thus, DevOps security is a step forward to help companies minimize the risk of a data breach. Having security checks and validations at each stage in the CI pipeline saves an enormous amount of time and money without compromising the quality of the product and gives better ROI compared to on-premises.

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Dhanwandhi Panneerselvam

Executive Research Analyst at Aspire Systems
She holds a Master degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering with specialization in Power Electronics and Drives. She is a passionate and an ardent writer who has earlier worked on write ups and several copies related to media. She spends her leisure time reading philosophical books and loves exploring new places & cuisines.