Software vulnerability risks in the DevOps era | NeuraLegion

Accelerated software development means less time spent on security

Time to market is everything. In today’s industry, many companies bring products to market at a break-neck pace. What does this mean for software developers? They constantly need to release new builds. This significantly limits the amount of time they spend on testing for security vulnerabilities. DevOps is the reason why, as the process between IT teams and software development became automated once this set of practices entered the scene. Naturally, this made the speed of software development skyrocket. But this new practice of software development also came with its own risks, aka “Vulnerable Software”.

Software security is more important than ever

In most cases, standard application security approaches act as a gate throughout most of the software development stages. For developers to continue their work, security tests have to be completed first. Typically, the type of speed that DevOps gives also means that this gated application security approach doesn’t fit well.

The question is, how do we implement application security into the DevOps process to enable DevSecOps?

For starters, full control and visibility should be given to developers and organizations. This way security measures can be fully integrated into their work and software exposure can be mitigated throughout the entire software development life cycle (SDLC).

No more waiting for security professionals to run DAST tools and test for vulnerabilities as was the case in traditional development processes. Instead, empower developers, or QA people to run vulnerability tests as part of their unit testing processes and at the speed of DevOps. As the development processes evolve so should our security processes.

Integrate security directly into your work with DevSecOps

Do you know the best way to make sure software exposure doesn’t mess up everything? You inject security directly into a developer’s work. That way the software engineer has the information he needs right away, he can immediately come up with a solution to a certain problem. That’s the way you match software exposure management with the speed of DevOps efficiently!

A highly efficient method of integrating security during development is using DevSecOps. By making business and security staff cooperate, everyone can contribute to the cause of continuously testing the system during its entire development process. That way any defects can be detected, located, and remediated before a non-cooperative user locates them and exploits them. The earlier a problem is found and fixed, the less its repair costs.

All business processes need a dedicated team that will find flaws, test the system at all times, and communicate with the business operator and gives them all the information they need for further development. DevSecOps is an incredible way of enhancing traditional security testing and secure software development practices, which is a topic we already covered on our blog before, so check it out if you’re interested!