What You Need To Know About DevOps and Security Testing

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Security Testing: How to Keep the Egg from Cracking

In a recent research conducted by the Capgemini Consulting Group, it was found that less than one-third of retail banks and insurers offer both strong data privacy practices and a sound security strategy in equal measure.

There is a pressing need for robust security testing. It is also important to understand Gartner’s concept of DevSecOps, a merger of security and DevOps, which is taking the IT industry by the storm.

The subject of cyber security has been somewhat controversial. On one hand, there are cyber security firms that suggest that merely insuring the business is not enough. Small and medium enterprises are at the constant danger of being hacked and being driven to bankruptcy, they insist. On the other hand, there are many who believe that the truth is being contorted and that the extent to which hackers can break into secure systems is exaggerated.

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Both may be true in their own right, because the concept of cyber security is like an egg. Whole and contained in a shell neatly protecting the environment within; however, the moment it is forcefully and unceremoniously broken open, and the damage is often a painful, gooey mess. For this reason, it becomes all the more important to ensure that there are no chances for even a single crack in the egg, to begin with.

The Impact of Failed Security

The process of security testing can be automated by tools specifically designed to meet the needs of each business. It is important to note that online and digital services do not run by the currency of the country, but rather by the currency of trust. Once it is broken, the subsequent damages seep into far too many layers and impact far too many users. For example, if a famous e-commerce company is hacked, customers may be shown false information and have their money whisked away from their bank accounts. Such an experience would of course be a blow to a customer’s trust in the online retail system.

In this example alone, we see the following entities being directly or indirectly impacted:

  1. The e-commerce platform
  2. The e-commerce supply-chain
  3. Authentic sellers of the e-commerce platform
  4. Customers who lost valuable time and money
  5. Friends and family of the impacted customers (through social media)
  6. Competitors and other e-commerce platforms (the trust of being able to shop online may be questioned altogether)

A similar case of security breach or data leak in a sensitive industry such as the banking industry would only result in far more disastrous consequences.

The Deal with DevSecOps

Gartner’s report on “DevSecOps: How to Seamlessly Integrate Security Into DevOps” notes that:

Information security architects must integrate security at multiple points into DevOps workflows in a collaborative way that is largely transparent to developers, and preserves the teamwork, agility and speed of DevOps and agile development environments, delivering “DevSecOps“.

The following figure clearly depicts the inclusion of security in DevOps, Gartner’s DevSecOps:

inclusion of security in DevOps

The figure clearly depicts the inclusion of security in DevOps, Gartner’s DevSecOps:

Security controls must be implemented at every junction, in such a way that manual configuration is not required, insists Gartner.

The element of security in IT has become inconvenient to deal with, owing to the rigidity of existing frameworks and the lack of a software element to readily work on making it more robust. As most organizations work in Agile and implement DevOps, it becomes difficult to work with existing security frameworks. Gartner insists that it is essential to embrace a “trust and verify” mindset. In addition, security platforms will be required to expose their functionality through APIs, in order to enable automation. Such measures ensure that security becomes an intricate detail of the entire software, and results in the formation of several layers of protection, in the event of a breach.

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Why DevSecOps is Important

Per Capgemini’s “The Currency of Trust” report, “One in two banks and insurers have inadequate data security frameworks or privacy policies”. The report classifies industry executives as “Pace-setters”, those who have a highly-compliant data privacy policy backed up with a best-in-class security strategy, and “Laggards” as have only basic data privacy and security tactics in place across the enterprise. According to the report, what sets the pace-setters apart from the laggards is the implementation of sophisticated security intelligence and their quick response to potential data hacks.

According to Gartner, by 2019, more than 50% of enterprise DevOps initiatives will have incorporated application security testing for custom code, up from less than 10% in 2016.

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Information security professionals will soon be involved deeply in the software development lifecycle. While it is crucial for software developers, Quality Assurance (QA) engineers, and operations executives to continue working collaboratively and communicate effectively in DevOps, the inclusion of security testing and information security professionals would result in effectively optimizing and improving the overall security measures, through seamless integration of security measures.

Organizations are usually skeptical about investing in security testing, and are afraid that users will be unwilling to make use of sophisticated security measures. However, research shows that most online users, predominantly millennials, are more than willing to pay higher for enhanced security.

pay for enhanced security

In Conclusion

Security testing is pivotal in a company’s business strategy, which would invariably be aligned with DevOps. To overlook system and information security is akin to business suicide. As crucial as security testing is, and as useful as security testing tools are, the implementation process is highly customized to suit the need of the business, and integrates seamlessly with the existing agile methodology and DevOps process. For this reason, it is important to have a trusted software security testing vendor.

Over the last decade, Cigniti Technologies has built capabilities, knowledge repository, and test accelerators leveraging experiencing working on over 100 engagements using best-of-breed testing tools, latest industry standards (OWASP, etc.) and proprietary testing methodologies. Cigniti’s team of experts understand that DevOps is a mind-set and an agent of cultural change, bringing contributors from operations and development into a seamless, ongoing, agile process. DevOps is not easy and it requires perfect collaboration, orchestration and state-of-the-art methods and tools.

Cigniti offers an in-depth security analysis supported by comprehensive reports and dashboards, along with remedial measures for any issues found. Cigniti has deep expertise in Security Testing for web applications, mobile application, software products, and web services, both on the premise and over the cloud.

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  • Cigniti Technologies

    Cigniti is the world’s leading AI & IP-led Digital Assurance and Digital Engineering services company with offices in India, the USA, Canada, the UK, the UAE, Australia, South Africa, the Czech Republic, and Singapore. We help companies accelerate their digital transformation journey across various stages of digital adoption and help them achieve market leadership.

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