The conglomeration of development, security, and operations teams in software development life cycles is better known as DevSecOps. Unlike its predecessor DevOps, DevSecOps offers embedded security right from the SDLC inception and coding stages, up until deployment. In the world of Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Gartner finds that the public cloud services market has ballooned by more than 40%, reaching its current zenith at $64.3 billion.
DevSecOps on AWS
When it comes to AWS DevSecOps, AWS allows organizations the opportunity to integrate security tools and be on the lookout for security threats and vulnerabilities. An IDC Market Perspective report states that “AWS stands a strong chance to retain its dominant cloud role in the era of Cloud 2.0 if it continues to remain nimble”, a strategy AWS is likely to stay relevant in.
With AWS-enabled DevSecOps, companies can arrest vulnerabilities and risks to the software or application as soon as they encounter them. They can then employ the appropriate security remedies to eliminate risks. Catching a risk early on, in the initial stages of the SDLC, is key to ensuring quicker delivery and implementation and the overall success of the software or application.
1. Getting testy
AWS has a wide range of both in-house and third-party apps that are designed to offer continuous testing for DevSecOps. The easy integration of testing tools gives companies the freedom to choose which tools are best suited for their software development environments. Further, companies that utilize AWS can take advantage of the security finding aggregation services.
A strategy that is designed to win employs continuous testing services by AWS to keep processes moving in a linear fashion across the pipeline. Automated testing also notifies developers whenever there is feedback that needs to be addressed.
2. Fresh SDLCs delivered 24/7
Companies can automate their software delivery processes using continuous integration (CI) and continuous development (CD). By using CI/CD pipelines by AWS, businesses are given the chance to delegate processes like automatic build initiation or software deployment.
The service offered by AWS for CI/CD is called CodePipeline. Like its name suggests, CodePipeline is like a pipeline for code. This pipeline helps move lines of code along each process, seamlessly. CodePipeline not only builds and tests lines of code, but also publishes the code whenever there is an instruction to deploy the lines of code. If code lines are faulty, it creates a bottleneck, halting the entire SDLC. This is where automated CI/CD by AWS steps in, accelerating both the development of the software and its deployment.
3. (Best in) Class monitor
When it comes to logging and monitoring, Amazon CloudWatch by AWS is the perfect DevSecOps-specific version. The entire premise of DevSecOps is security and monitoring thereof, which CloudWatch does like a dream.
CloudWatch provides data and metrics for applications and their infrastructure systems. Companies can access and collect monitoring insights on a handy dashboard to find out where they need to focus their attention on. Unlike in DevOps, AWS DevSecOps monitoring offers the advantage of multiple monitoring systems rather than having to monitor individual ones that come as silos.
The audit and governance services that AWS offers provide DevSecOps the opportunity to log, monitor, and access data across the AWS infrastructure.
With the CloudTrail audit service, companies can spearhead their overall user activity and monitoring, and have a simple governance tool at their fingertips. Automating the audit process gives intelligent audit technology the driver’s seat, to ensure human error-free and completely secure recording and storage of data logs. That’s not all though, because CloudTrail goes one step further to give detailed and comprehensive security risk assessments and even troubleshoots them. How’s that for an all-in-one security system?
5. Software operation theater
The Ops part of DevSecOps gets a boost with Systems Manager by AWS. This service gives operations teams the power to streamline operational procedures and bring them onto one page for a more cohesive environment when it comes to security and management.
Managing applications and bridging AWS cloud with legacy applications has never been easier than with Systems Manager designed for DevSecOps teams. With Systems Manager, the operations teams can integrate valuable infrastructure resources, plug into CI/CD processes, and even manage security risks associated with making changes to resources.
AWS DevSecOps is every SDLC’s must-have to ensure a safe, secure, and successful deployment.
Speak to Aspire Systems to find out how businesses can utilize AWS DevSecOps in their SDLC to create successful software and applications.
The key to a successful SDLC is through the integration of DevSecOps. DevSecOps bakes in security right from the initial stages of the SDLC, resulting in completely secure outputs concerning software and applications.
With a DevSecOps strategy powered by Amazon Web Services, companies can employ security tools that look for and eliminate risks from the onset. This gives organizations the power to create completely secure software applications.
In this blog post, we explore the 5 steps that AWS-enhanced DevSecOps employ to give companies an SDLC advantage that is secure from the get go.