SecOps (Security Operations) is a methodology that aims to automate crucial security tasks. The goal being predominantly development of more secure applications. The emergence of SecOps is driven in part by the transformation of enterprise infrastructure and IT delivery models. As more enterprises are taking advantage of cost-effective cloud computing models and the speed and agility benefits that are gained through the cloud.
At the highest level, the goals of a SecOps program are:
- To ensure management’s buy-in and commitment to a realistic roadmap for iterating and improving security throughout an organization
- Also to establish cross-team collaboration with security built into the software development lifecycle
- And to create increased visibility into the security of the infrastructure and, ultimately, create a stronger security posture
Basic Components of SecOps
In addition to the development procedures most teams are accustomed to, certain augmentations will be added to the process.
Some of these changes include:
- Earlier Analysis: In many organizations, large batches of coding or entire programs are checked for security issues. In SecOps, smaller code segments are routinely checked.
- Increased Transparency: The three components of SecOps (development, security, and operations) are closely tied together with increased collaboration and greater transparency.
- Security Improvements: While DevOps provides incremental improvements to development, SecOps also should steadily improve security alongside programming and operational aspects.
- Threat Awareness: Security teams are well aware of threats, while the rest of the team will likely be less familiar. Training will be required to ensure that everyone shares the same level of understanding.
Final Words . . .
As enterprises and SMBs alike continue to leverage cost-effective solutions for developing secure applications in less time, SecOps is becoming a prominent philosophy and practice across organizations of all sizes. By implementing SecOps, companies can reap a multitude of benefits stemming from the integration of operations, security, and development functions and the alignment of their goals. It also includes more efficient operations, reduced resource utilization, fewer cloud and app security issues and disruptions, and more.
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