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DevOps and SecOps: Resolving the Rift Between Development and Security

Developing a new application or services can be an exciting, energizing task for a business. We get caught up in the whirlwind of innovation and push hard to get it out to the general public as fast as is possible. Traditionally, developers created and launched software without much thought to the security of the technology—for one thing, it didn’t seem to matter as much, and for another, security measures can be time-consuming.

But as data encryption becomes ever more important in the eyes of the consumer, the gaps left by underdeveloped security can have serious negative effects. To combat the complacency some companies display regarding security, it must be integrated at every level of development.

Development and Operations

DevOps is the collaboration between developers and network operators which seeks to ensure a product is launch-ready. In bygone times, developers had little interaction with any other departments, but as the industry has diversified they have had to integrate to a much greater degree.

Also, as networks have had to work harder and now require more resources, it has become necessary for network operators to enlist the developers to identify potential flaws. This means that software needs less testing and run smoother as a model.

The DevOps team is often duty-bound to getting to the launch as quickly and smoothly as possible, with a view to ensuring usability and quality. However, this emphasis on speed of delivery often continues to leave security as an afterthought.

Security and Operations

Before software businesses hired dedicated teams to security, the responsibility often fell to network operators as well. This can be a significant conflict for the network operator, whose job, after all, is to keep the network going. Fighting potential security threats in addition to this is an inefficient model.

So as security began to take center ground in network operating, businesses began to create specific teams whose duty was to guard the network against breaches. Working alongside operators to make use of the combined knowledge, these teams became known as SecOps.

Ensuring security requires a detailed and thorough approach to network operation. Often this means that the networks suffer from a certain amount of latency, as security protocols take up processing power.

This article originally appeared on securityboulevard.com.  To read the full article, click here.

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