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What is DevSecOps and What Does It Mean for You?

Corin Benge

by Corin Benge

DevOps continues to be an important growth factor in the technology world. With the right DevOps expert, you can develop a software process that's more efficient, more productive, and designed for digital transformation. Of course, as with any new tech initiative, there's a prevailing concern to consider, and that's security.

In an age where cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly common, high-performance teams must have the right combination of development know-how and security expertise to ensure that your company evolves in a stable, resilient manner. This is where the need for "DevSecOps" emerges.

What Spurred the Rise of DevSecOps?

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In the past, technology moved slowly, with each innovation requiring months of careful planning and implementation. Now, not only is the industry moving faster than ever, but the sheer speed of transformation is pushing companies to accelerate their development processes too.

Of course, the need for speed also paves the way for mistakes, gaps in the code, and potential security risks too. That may be one of the reasons why 7 out of 10 large enterprises have been crippled by data breaches in the last year.

To stay ahead of the curve, and stay safe, companies need to empower their DevOps staff with a new kind of expertise: DevSecOps.

The concept of DevSecOps melds innovation with security. It's about implementing precautions at every stage of the growth and testing cycle for a modern business, to ensure the creation of agile, efficient, and "safe" applications.

DevSecOps and The Transformation of the IT Team

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An increasing demand for security infused with technology intuition means that the development group is changing. It's no longer enough for your experts to know how to write a stable code and leave the rest to the security team. Everything needs to be addressed at the same time during the production cycle, breaking down the walls between business silos.

The underlying idea of Developer-Security-Operations is that everyone in the software space must be responsible for security. Unfortunately, according to a recent report in the DevOps community, almost half of all organisations feel that the hardest hires to recruit are those that can combine DevOps knowledge with security expertise.

While many businesses believe that speed-to-market may be the issue that's stopping them from competing in the current, fast-paced marketplace, the truth is that speed doesn't matter unless you have the security to back it up. Today's tech leaders need to be on the hunt for a new kind of talent - wherever it might be.

Tackling the Skills Shortage

The first step in finding the right candidates for your DevSecOps role is working with the right specialist recruitment team. However, there are things that organisations can do behind the scenes too.

Addressing the skills shortage in the DevSecOps world means changing the company culture that separates technology development, from security. Everyone who interacts with software from the top down must have a thorough understanding of the value of security, and what they can do to make the next implementation safer.

Here are just some of the ways that you can prepare your business for the mind-shift that paves the way for DevSecOps success:

Provide Frequent Security Training: In-house training while you wait to find the perfect applicant for your team can be the key to preventing risks in the development space. Look for ways to incorporate training practices for every group in your DevOps network, and ensure that they stick to the best-practices they learn with regular check-ups and feedback.

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Provide Purpose Ownership: As the role of the DevOps team continues to shift with more of a focus on security, the job descriptions you originally wrote for your hires may need some alteration. If you're planning on asking your experts to take on new responsibilities, then you'll need to talk through these requirements with them, this will help to give them ownership of their new roles.

Offer continuous education: Besides must-have training solutions that keep your employees informed of security best-practices, it's worth making sure that there are always educational options available for those who want to expand their skills. The DevOps space is constantly changing, and it pays to be prepared.

Today's IT professionals have more pressure to contend with than ever before. With security issues on the rise, no technology team can afford to overlook the importance of proactive, preventative safety measures. The right experts in your organisation will help you to produce innovations faster while reducing your risk of cybersecurity attacks.

The faster you can start to invest in DevSecOps for greater speed, security, and performance, the quicker you'll rise above your competition, and protect your business at the same time.

About Inspire People

Inspire People is a boutique IT recruiter specialising in Digital Transformation, Platforms and DevOps.

We work in partnership with a diverse range of employers who utilise technology to make a positive impact on society; from managed service providers to private, public sector and not-for-profit organisations, finding the fit between the employer and the employee.

If you would like to discuss your next career move or are looking to attract the right talent, speak with one of the Inspire People team on +44(0)20 7871 8550 or email hello@inspirepeople.net

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