DevSecOps has become both a best practice and a challenge in the world of software development and security. It offers a combination of the agility of DevOps with the security mindset of InfoSec. By integrating security into the development process, organizations can ensure that they're releasing secure and robust applications while also staying agile and meeting customer needs. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at what it means to secure DevOps is and how QWERX can support this critical function to help organizations improve their security posture.
Step Zero: Building Security into DevSecOps
DevSecOps is the integration of security into the DevOps methodology, ensuring that security is a fundamental part of the development and operations cycle. Implementing DevSecOps can help organizations achieve their security objectives while maintaining process agility, collaboration, and automation.
A key component of DevSecOps is establishing security as a part of the design process. Security needs to be considered from the start when designing applications and systems, in order to ensure that they are built with security in mind. DevSecOps teams should begin the planning process by taking a step backwards. "Step Zero" is an assessment of the development environment or environments, including all users, networks, devices, machines, and other endpoints that will need to have access. A risk mitigation plan must ensure that:
- The development environments are secured before any work begins
- The secure environments will be continuously maintained throughout the entire development lifecycle
QWERX' patented technologies enable DevSecOps teams to continuously secure their development environments against external attacks. Our cloud-native software can run on any network or operating system and prevents unauthorized devices from accessing protected networks.
DevSecOps normally discuss visibility in the context of providing developers with a clear picture of the security posture of the application throughout the entire development process. This allows them to quickly identify and address any potential security threats before they become an issue. QWERX delivers visibility to the DevSecOps team from a network security perspective. The intuitive dashboard provides a complete listing of all devices and endpoints across the protected network.
Automation for Modern Development
DevSecOps is an approach that seeks to automate and streamline the development process, while also ensuring that security requirements are met. Automation plays a key role in DevSecOps, allowing teams to focus on the more creative aspects of development, while ensuring that the code is secure and of high quality.
QWERX puts the security of development environments on autopilot. Our bidirectional authentication protocol enforces continuous verification of all devices on a protected network, multiple times per minute. If an unauthorized device attempts to access the network, it is blocked immediately and threat intelligence is collected. DevSecOps teams, even those that are not co-located, can feel confident that all machines touching the development environment are verified again and again without any extra effort.
Boost Efficiency Across DevSecOps Stakeholders
DevSecOps is a shared responsibility that requires cross-functional teams to communicate efficiently. Today, certificate management processes and approval workflows are an integral part of the software development lifecycle. These efforts represent a major organizational burden, but were necessary for a secure infrastructure. This is no longer the case.
QWERX secures the development environment without using static digital credentials, including certificates and keys. DevSecOps teams can now be cost-effective and efficient by eliminating:
- Resources and budget dedicated to certificate management
- Network downtime from expired certificates/other certificate lifecycle management issues
- Risk from misconfigured/misused/unprotected TLS and code signing certificates