It isn’t news that DevOps and IT security teams often struggle to align their departments and maintain a coherent balance between keeping a business secure and developing new applications to maintain customer interest. While security processes are a necessity, they can be deemed by DevOps teams to be manual and cumbersome, blocking the agility that makes them so effective in bringing their solutions to market. IT teams conversely feel their counterparts are prepared to sacrifice security in the name of innovation and revenue.
Even if both teams do respect the other’s intentions, any conflict could lead to delays in both of their processes. For example, an IT team may need to make crucial updates to the network security and warn different teams they may experience some downtime during this crucial implementation. However, DevOps have typically been given more leeway in how they operate as they are so important in today’s software-driven world, and may ask for the update to be delayed so they can complete tasks or meet deadlines, leaving the IT team waiting and losing time rescheduling their own work.
This has, unfortunately, led to a myth that DevOps teams choose to ignore security. In reality, developers are keen to know that their apps and the environment they work in are secure—but at the same time, they don’t want security to get in the way of them quickly delivering valuable new products and software features.
So, is there a way for DevOps teams—one of the most important resources in many modern businesses—to embrace security without impacting agility? Can the integration of DevOps and security be done in a way that alleviates tensions and promotes collaboration, while actually improving both security and agility in the process?
Yes. The secret is automation.
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