The paradigm shift we have witnessed so far in the 21st century has been nothing short of breathtaking as security infrastructure in businesses makes the transition to software-defined models that enhance agility and scale than ever before. With the improving need to develop and deploy applications, businesses have a herculean task ahead to ensure they are vigilant in securing their applications throughout the development and deployment lifecycle including the ones in the cloud.
Software developers today are crippled with time limitations, increasing demands, sudden change in technology in the digital era, and the need to stay relevant against their competitors. Moreover, with the amount of existing tools available, developers are in a soup to introduce something new more often than not. Automation and integration have been instrumental in producing and securing applications at a much quicker pace with minimal flaws.
DevSecOps is a popular approach that makes cybersecurity vigilance a reality by embedding the right tools into your software development lifecycle. In this blog post, we explain why and how implementing DevSecOps into your existing AWS Cloud applications is paramount for your business as we build up to our webinar scheduled on 6th October, 2021.
Why DevSecOps for AWS Cloud?
Although AWS have tried to address their customers’ cloud security issues pertaining to scale and security skills shortage with some of their security features and services, businesses need much more to ensure application security and compliance. However, businesses can’t simply implement DevSecOps just by opting to AWS offerings such as IAM and KMS. At the end of the day, the onus is on the organization to implement DevSecOps the right way.
AWS warrants the security of its cloud platform under its shared responsibility model. However, AWS customers must ensure security for their encryptions, firewall configurations, and identity and access management.
Only 21% organizations have a comprehensive DevSecOps program in place, while 43% achieved implementation in parts of their organizations.
Benefits of DevOps Security
DevSecOps in AWS Cloud aims at integrating security principles into each and every phase of your software development lifecycle. Listed below are some of the benefits of implementing security controls into your applications in the AWS cloud:
- Reduction of overall expenses and increased delivery rate
- Helps minimize vulnerabilities in AWS applications
- Secure by Design and the ability to measure the level of security
- Security, monitoring, deployment check, and systems notifications right from the initial stages
- Faster speed of recovery in case of security incidents of any magnitude
- Automation throughout the software delivery pipeline
- Improving overall security through immutable infrastructure
DevOps in your Software Delivery Pipeline
DevOps teams across organizations have deployed security checks as part of the application development and deployment cycle in order to be vigilant in terms of catching issues earlier before they get to production. However, with business prioritizing delivery speed, DevOps teams are turning towards automation.
Very few organizations have security deployed at critical points throughout their CI/CD pipeline, including system testing and production, feature development and unit testing, and staging. Without an end-to-end software delivery pipeline automation, teams persisting with manual processes are vulnerable to cyberattacks.
How DevSecOps Security Automation Accelerates Delivery
Managing remedies and the methods used for the same are notable highlights of DevSecOps security automation and most businesses still have a long way to go in terms of leveraging DevOps to the best potential.
Businesses still rely on a quarterly 25% security vulnerability assessment cadence. Moreover, 43% organizations fall back on ad-hoc tickets, emails, meetings, or even instant messages. While there is some level of DevSecOps automation in the delivery pipeline, there is plenty of room for improvement.
DevOps tools are tailor-made for application security automation, allowing developers to be wary of vulnerability information, remediation suggestions, and security tasks. DevOps tools like Jira and ServiceNow will help you accelerate the visibility of security breaches and be proactive with some up-front automation.
Automated CI/CD Pipeline
By leveraging DevSecOps, the automated CI/CD pipeline for faster delivery opens doors for building security directly into the DevOps process. By “shifting left,” or integrating security into your AWS cloud software delivery pipeline, businesses like yours can enjoy a faster, secure delivery pipeline with negligible attacks and application downtime. The integrated security approach with AWS cloud also sits well with the DevOps culture considering the shared responsibility for secure code delivery.
Although most organizations claim that they have a strong IT operations team responsible for cloud security, they still have a long way to go in order to implement a comprehensive DevSecOps strategy.
Aspire & AWS Demystify DevSecOps
Organizations that have implemented DevSecOps have enjoyed enhanced automation throughout the software delivery pipeline, thereby eliminating cyber-attacks and ensuring pro-active security.
So, why engross your cloud security teams with cyber-attacks and ticket resolutions when you have DevSecOps in the fore? Join our webinar with AWS to know how integrating security into your DevOps framework tightens your AWS Cloud security. Adopting DevSecOps will help your security teams focus on other value-added activities.
- How DevSecOps safeguards your AWS Cloud better?
- Adopting DevSecOps Maturity Model
- What is different about DevSecOps on AWS Cloud?
- Success stories and demonstrations
- Dutch Schwartz, Principal Security Specialist, AWS
- Jothi Rengarajan, Principal Architect, Aspire Systems