Embrace DevOps Security with Automation
DevOps has captured a significant position in the IT world, playing a crucial role in today’s software development methodology. In my previous blog, I discussed how DevOps can help you to redefine your IT strategy and promote a successful DevOps program. Over the past few months, I have come to realize that many organizations, while concentrating on planning and developing strong DevOps policies, still leave security as an afterthought to their DevOps strategies. This crucial mistake can be attributed to a lack of security awareness and training for developers, rush-to-release pressure in agile software development models and a shortage of security resources and skills.
Organizations like yours need to follow a proactive approach to DevOps security, rather than react to threats as they arise or to audit requests that are performed by security teams. Security needs to be integrated early into the development life cycle, making it a critical and mandatory process in the SDLC. The good news is that with IBM’s Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) Automation capability security is no longer the bottleneck for DevOps. IBM Security is the only vendor that currently provides automated DAST capabilities, permitting your developers to integrate security early into the SDLC.
What can DAST Automation do for your organization?
As organizations move toward a DevOps model that focuses on continuous integration and delivery, their software development cycles are essentially reduced to mere hours, making it easier to integrate DAST earlier in the SDLC. This is in stark contrast to traditional development models. For years, security professionals have dreamed of introducing security earlier in the development process — largely because they know that the earlier security is introduced, the more likely that their organization will withstand potential attacks. Automated DAST capabilities integrated into DevOps provides a critical opportunity to realize this dream to not only streamline development, but to greatly improve an organization’s overall security posture.
Watch our on-demand Webinar, titled “#CoverYourApps: 3 Key Factors for Application Security DevOps Success” to learn how IBM Security can help you in your DevOps journey and answer your most challenging questions.
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