The fast-paced world needs fast-paced solutions. DevSecOps eliminates manual steps and dependencies, so the entire process is completed faster and sooner.
The power of acceleration in DevSecOps can be seen in the example of a company that received a request to onboard and scan 30 microservices two days before production. By leveraging automation, the team was able to complete this request in two hours. Think of that: onboard 30 new microservices on two tools, run the scans, evaluate them, and triage the scan results—all in two hours.
With often less than a week to move through the entire SDLC, there is little time to address security processes. That’s why many security tools today have improved in terms of how quickly a scan can be run, and many provide capabilities to customize a scan so you can select the checks to run, further optimizing scan time.
One of the reasons DevSecOps is so popular is that it enables security teams to scale with limited bandwidth. The automation inherent to DevSecOps is critical to a firm’s ability to support many applications even with a limited security team. For example, a team of four was tasked with SAST reviews and signoffs, but since it was done manually, it could only support 200 apps. But with automation and security integration, the team was able to scale up to 700+ apps in a few months and support reviews for each of them.
Organizations may want to transition from one tool to another—and sometimes that involves 1,000 apps or more. Does that sound like a nightmare to you? In DevSecOps, jobs are run through a common library of scripts, and because those scripts are shared across all jobs, you can transition easily from one tool to another. Updating a common set of instructions with the new tasks or replacing existing tasks makes it easy to propagate these changes across all applications instead of making changes in each job.
In DevSecOps, processes are interconnected and automated, so it’s easy to see if a change results in an issue or problem. This level of traceability makes it easier to hold people accountable for their changes. It also encourages developers to be more careful about writing secure code, helping prevent the pipeline from breaking. Projects can also be set up to send emails to the entire development team at specific milestones, such as when the job is completed or when the team has met or failed to meet the security requirements. When a change triggers a scan, the emails can specify who checked in or created the changes that triggered the scan.