DevSecOps Challenges

Overcoming the Various Challenges of DevSecOps

The advancements in technology certainly made businesses more powerful but it also left many businesses, that don’t invest

The advancements in technology certainly made businesses more powerful but it also left many businesses, that don’t invest much in security, vulnerable at the same time. As DevOps bring radical changes to businesses, what was once overlooked comes into focus – security. While DevOps initially allowed businesses to find a balance between their operations and development, the need for bolstered security called for something more effective.

This led to the birth of DevSecOps.

The idea…

DevSecOps stands for basically everything that DevOps is all about with more emphasis on security. It promotes collaboration between development, security and operations through an ecosystem that encourages constant integration of team efforts at every step.

The goal…

The goal of a DevSecOps environment depends on the nature of the business that adopted it, the business’ goals and work culture. Many experts identify DevSecOps as a means to making manual tasks obsolete by building an automated, fully synced enterprise ecosystem.

The catch…

Such an ecosystem can be made possible only if the organization is willing to accept major changes both inside and out – changes to processes, behavior, approach etc. This is where things become complicated. CEOs generally don’t want to invest in a new culture that could potentially slow down the business.

To emphasize this point, let’s take a look at a survey conducted by Threat Stack. The security software company found that 68% of the companies that responded to the survey stated that their CEOs demand DevOps & security teams to avoid anything that can potentially decelerate business.

This is one of the biggest reasons why you don’t see DevSecOps much. Many companies don’t want such a transition at all or might quit the transition once they are halfway through towards DevSecOps.

That said, this blog will be focusing on a few major challenges that must be overcome for vitalizing DevSecOps.

When teams resist changes

At the heart of DevSecOps is an ideal environment where all teams collaborate and coordinate their efforts to bring forth a desired outcome. To achieve this, integration of teams is vital. Various teams of an organization should work in tandem with each other rather than independently.

Easier said than done.

Many organizations investing in DevOps might face the challenge of teams resisting changes. We can’t count everyone to jump on the DevOps bandwagon right away as they will be already accustomed to the existing processes and culture. So people itself can become the biggest challenge for a would-be DevOps organization.

When tools being used can complicate things

Before DevSecOps, the many teams in an organization would be working independently using tools that they feel are appropriate to do their duty. Once the company starts implementing DevSecOps, the teams will be integrated which would raise a lot of questions regarding the team’s common objective, the alignment to company goals, new practices, tools to use etc.

To implement DevSecOps, the right set of tools is the key. Choosing this right set of tools is a challenge in itself. Then comes integrating these tools to enable continuous development, deployment and testing. Syncing tools from various departments together on one single platform can be tedious and will require serious DevOps expertise.

Security for CI/CD

For years, organizations saw security just as an aspect that becomes somewhat important when the development comes to an end. But in a DevSecOps environment, security is as important as development and operations. It’s a part of Continuous Integration and Continuous Development (CI/CD).

What many organizations do is to prepare a DevOps implementation strategy that adapts to their existing security policies. What they should do is to get their security policies to adapt to their DevOps processes. Discarding outdated security methods and policies, and implementing new ones that are aligned with DevOps goals can be a major challenge.

Aiming for perfection

Adopting a DevSecOps culture is a big decision. So when organizations decide to invest in DevSecOps, they expect things to run smoothly right after the implementation is complete. But this is impossible. Things won’t be smooth just after DevSecOps is implemented. It takes some time for a DevSecOps ecosystem to grant benefits. Proper implementation would reduce that time considerably.

Many organizations give up on DevSecOps after wasting time aiming for perfection right off the bat. Similarly, trying to ensure perfect security at all stages of development isn’t practical either. Instead organizations should aim for an optimal level of security that doesn’t negatively impact the DevSecOps environment.

Endnote

DevSecOps implementation is fraught with challenges. At the end of the road to DevSecOps waits a host of benefits that significantly improve operations if organizations can successfully conquer the challenges they may face. Embrace it to get better day by day.

And if you need help leveraging DevSecOps, let the experts of AOT guide you. Drop us a message today.