As digital transformation is pushing more enterprises to adopt DevOps to address their needs for better software delivered faster and more frequently, a huge issue lingers over this strategic business shift: security. While businesses pay a good deal of lip service to cybersecurity, the rush to churn out new software and update those applications means that security is often skipped in the name of speed and innovation. At the same time, InfoSec is seen as a cumbersome barrier to what the DevOps team is trying to achieve.
Despite these attitudes, it’s imperative that security is part of DevOps conversations, and it’s the company CISO who needs to lead that charge. In a report released last month, CyberArk polled 1,000 CISOs across the globe to assess how to make DevOps more secure and to ensure that the cybersecurity team is talking to the CIO and other executives overseeing the DevOps process to solidify good cybersecurity.
The report, “Protecting Privileged Access in DevOps and Cloud Environments,” actually skips the more trendy term of DevSecOps in favor of a more holistic approach that bakes the security component into the very beginning of the application development cycle. Brian Kelly, the head of Conjur Engineering at CyberArk, believes that the DevSecOps term limits the ability of CISOs to offer ways to secure application development at the beginning of the process and ensure that updates embrace good cybersecurity practices.
“Some organizations embrace it, while others refuse to use it,” Kelly wrote in an email about the debate over the DevSecOps term. “We do not use the term because it implies that security is a ‘gate’ or ‘phase’ that can be done after development is finished—but before the apps go operational. Security isn’t just a bolt on to DevOps, and this mentality can lead to a lot of broader issues for operation and development teams.”
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