Once integrations are configured to gather up the loose ends of security across CI pipelines, automation is key to ensuring that security keeps pace with the rapid, dynamic nature of DevOps. Automating security scanning based on various development actions and pipeline stages, as well as automatically disseminating clean and actionable risk insight, ensures that security is built into every step of the development life cycle in a way that does not impede existing workflows.
Automation allows you to enforce security standards, support regulatory compliance, and adhere to your organization’s risk tolerance thresholds consistently across applications and environments. Policies within application security solutions and pipeline tools are the main mechanism for realizing automation. Policies, configured by AppSec teams and aligned to the various needs and success criteria of each contributing team, ensure uniformity regardless of an individual’s security risk awareness or security capabilities. Centralizing these policies eliminates the need to manage separate policies for different tests and tools, streamlining the process and reducing the risk of inconsistency.
Policy is the guiding principle of automation, ensuring that your risk tolerance is aligned according to the application, the data the app handles, and other factors. This means you can apply policies across the entire SDLC, from development to deployment, initiating scans and issue-management workflows based on the specific ruleset.