Whether you’re building software, selling it, or using it to run your business, in today’s fully digitized environment, every business is, necessarily, a software business. And to keep your business running at the speed today’s competitive environment requires, you increasingly depend on technology.
Technologies like cloud computing, continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD), microservices, and APIs enable speed and agility in application development, but they also make it more complex. More development means more projects, and more pressure to accelerate releases to get revenue-generating software out to your customers. More development also means more pressure to speed up the release cycles of the internal software you rely on to handle sensitive information.
Compounding this challenge is the growing complexity of the development, software supply chains, and DevOps pipelines your business relies on to get this work done at velocity. When trying to achieve high velocity and throughput, the fact that different development teams choose different tools, setups, and methods can greatly increase that complexity. Incorporating application security (AppSec) into these complex workflows can be challenging, and development teams may choose to disregard security in order to retain their pace.
In short, the central challenge of today’s accelerated digitized business environment is how to keep development moving at speed while making sure that development is secure.