DevSecOps evolved from DevOps to address the need to embed security across the software development life cycle (SDLC). By shifting security not just left in the SLDC but everywhere, DevOps teams can continuously deliver secure applications without sacrificing velocity. Incorporating testing, triage, and risk mitigation into in the CI/CD workflow itself prevents the time-consuming and costly repercussions of making a fix postproduction. By automating continuous testing, DevSecOps enables developers to fix security issues in their code in near real time rather than “bolting on” security at the end of the SDLC. DevSecOps spans the entire SDLC, from planning and design to coding, building, testing, and release, with real-time continuous feedback loops and insights.
One of the key ways organizations facilitate DevSecOps is by enabling automated and continuous testing, which aligns with the continuous integration and delivery concepts that are a key pillar of DevSecOps. Because every business is a software business, maintaining the velocity of product delivery largely depends on how well you can find vulnerabilities, and how fast you can fix them.
Modern software development is based on a complex, distributed computing model that includes microservices, serverless, and cloud-native systems. This can make it difficult to identify all the endpoints involved in a system, or trace all the API calls. Additionally, the absence of common standards for APIs compounds this struggle. While the growth of web apps means increased velocity and efficiency for your organization, the proliferation of APIs means that organizations have a much wider attack surface that third parties could potentially exploit.
Organizations need solutions that can provide a visual map of data flow and attack patterns, including both inbound and outbound API calls and service endpoints, with mechanisms to automatically verify results and real-time insights to align stakeholders across teams. But it can be a challenge to build automated systems to achieve this without slowing down CI/CD pipelines.