Organizations have become more exposed to cyber-attacks and data breaches as a result of the shift to remote employment. It could be ascribed to the addition of new network endpoints outside of an office’s physical boundaries. It emphasizes the significance of making application security a priority and including it early in the software development lifecycle. This is where DevSecOps comes into play.
For firms looking to implement DevSecOps, here are some critical best practices to consider.
Security scanning and assessments were traditionally performed after a software product had been produced and was ready to be delivered (or had already been deployed) to production. As a result, resolving security vulnerabilities was complicated, expensive, and potentially susceptible to time constraints. To help address these difficulties and make security a priority, shift left security stresses incorporating security into the software development lifecycle (SDLC) as quickly as possible.
From a technical standpoint, this means using code scanning solutions such as static application security testing (SAST), interactive application security testing (IAST), dynamic application security testing (DAST), and source composition analysis (SCA) to detect insecure code before it’s deployed to production. Shift left, on the other hand, is about more than just code. It also entails prioritizing security within the SDLC’s planning, research, and design phases.
Enterprises may uncover security concerns and misconfigurations early on, increasing product quality and security while reducing the amount of time and effort needed to remediate vulnerabilities, by shifting security left.
Make tool chain security a top priority
In the midst of detecting bugs and fixing code, software developers frequently overlook the significance of safeguarding the tools they employ. When everyone on the team is in the office, this isn’t a big deal. When a business has a few employees connected to their home Wi-Fi, however, it creates the ideal environment for security risks to infiltrate. As a result, all teams must concentrate on safeguarding their tool chain using approaches like zero-trust architecture (ZTA) and identity access management (IAM).
Strengthen trust and relationships
The pandemic-forced remote work has taught individuals vital lessons in teamwork, empathy, and trust. When some team members start making their way back to the office, the work to improve trust and relationships on the team continues.
The fact that some members of the team have face time with managers and executives in the workplace is a problem to be mindful of with hybrid DevSecOps teams. Remote employees don’t get this moment. Two (or more) categories of employees developing in the organization is a common employee concern.
It’s possible that there are cultural issues at play here. However, for some people, remote job anxiety and paranoia might be real. When it comes to remote work, businesses should pay special attention and keep lines of communication open between team members. They must also ensure equity for meetings by providing an equal platform for onsite and remote participants. Another essential rule to follow is to talk calmly and honestly. Such actions will help to strengthen team trust.