Vishnu Prasad
February 9, 2023

Debunking DevSecOps Myths

DevSecOps is like a superhero team for your software development process - it brings together the best of development, security, and operations to create a powerful force for good.


Imagine a world where security testing is integrated seamlessly into your development pipeline, vulnerabilities are caught and remediated early, and your team works together like a well-oiled machine to deliver high-quality, secure software lightning fast. DevSecOps makes this a reality by automating security testing, building security from the start, fostering collaboration, and continuously monitoring and improving your systems. It's the ultimate recipe for delivering amazing software, with the added bonus of keeping your systems safe from bad actors.

Table of Contents

  • What is DevSecOps?
  • DevSecOps Misconceptions and the Truth Behind Them
  • Final Thoughts

What is DevSecOps?

DevSecOps (development + security + operations) is an approach that brings together all the right components to make sure your software is not only outstanding but also secure. It’s like the “secret recipe” for your software development process. Think of it like adding a pinch of security testing, a dash of vulnerability management, and a sprinkle of collaboration between development, security, and operations teams throughout the entire software development process. This strategy helps to detect and fix any potential security issues early on before they can cause a problem. And just like with any recipe, continuous monitoring and improvement ensure that the final dish comes out perfect every time. With DevSecOps, you can have your cake and eat it too - deliver software faster and better quality, with the bonus of keeping it secure.

With the increasing dependency on technology in today's industries, it's more critical than ever to ensure that software is developed without sacrificing the security aspect of it. DevSecOps helps organizations to deliver software swiftly, with better quality and security, resulting in a more secure, robust, and reliable system that can help to reduce the risk of breaches and cyber-attacks.

DevSecOps Misconceptions and the Truth Behind Them

Myth 1: DevSecOps is only for large enterprises with dedicated security teams.


One of the misconceptions about DevSecOps is that it is only for large enterprises with dedicated security teams. This is not entirely true. Organizations of all sizes and industries can integrate DevSecOps regardless of the size and structure of their security team. By implementing DevSecOps, organizations can improve the overall security posture of their software by identifying vulnerabilities early in the development process and remediating them before anyone can exploit them. 

Myth 2: DevSecOps slows down the development process.


Of all the misconceptions about DevSecOps, thinking that it delays time to market is the one that makes us go huh? — because integrating security within your development process actually speeds up the software delivery process. By identifying and addressing security vulnerabilities early in the development process, organizations can avoid costly delays and rework that can occur when security issues are discovered later on. DevSecOps also encourages collaboration between teams improving communication and coordination, and ultimately in faster and more secure software delivery. 

Myth 3: Security is only the responsibility of the security team.


Security is a shared responsibility among all teams involved in the software development life cycle. DevSecOps is not only about having a dedicated security team but also about creating a culture of security throughout the organization. This includes providing training and education for all employees and encouraging them to take an active role in securing the software and systems they work with. By making security a shared responsibility, organizations can ensure that security is not an afterthought but an integral part of the development process.

Myth 4: Automated tools can replace the need for human expertise.


Continuous automation and improvement are essential in making DevSecOps a strategic initiative for organizations. It ensures that security is an integral part of the development process instead of an afterthought. Automated tools can aid with security testing and vulnerability management, but they still require human interpretation and decision-making. Human expertise is necessary to determine the testing scope, interpret results, prioritize remediation, and make security decisions. DevSecOps leverages the strengths of both automated tools and human expertise, finding a balance between the two for improved security posture and faster development processes.

Myth 5: DevSecOps is only about compliance and passing audits.


Passing security audits and following compliance is no doubt necessary. But DevSecOps is so much more than that! By considering security at every stage, DevSecOps leads to more secure software, increased efficiency, and reduced risk. This includes not only ensuring that the software meets regulatory requirements and standards but also proactively finding and fixing vulnerabilities before they can be exploited. 

Myth 6: DevSecOps is a one-time implementation, not a continuous process.


Application security doesn’t end after code deployment. DevSecOps is not a one-time implementation but it’s a constant journey. Security is evaluated and improved at every stage of software development, keeping your products and processes secure in a constantly changing landscape. Once security has found its footing in the development process, organizations can go further, and expand monitoring to proactively identify vulnerabilities in code.

Myth 7: DevSecOps is only about preventing external attacks.


While external attacks are certainly a concern, DevSecOps considers all aspects of security, including both external and internal threats. DevSecOps involves a proactive and integrated approach to security that considers everything from the secure coding practices of developers, to the security of infrastructure, to the protection of sensitive data. By taking a comprehensive approach to security, DevSecOps helps organizations protect themselves against all types of threats, both external and internal.

Myth 8: DevSecOps is only about securing the code, not the infrastructure.


DevSecOps takes a holistic approach to security, considering all aspects of software development, including both the code and the infrastructure it runs on. DevSecOps encompasses a range of security measures aimed at protecting both the code and the infrastructure, including infrastructure-as-code (IaC) practices, cloud-native security, and network security. These measures are integrated into the software development process, ensuring that security considerations are taken into account at every stage. This approach also leverages automation to ensure that security measures are consistently and repeatedly applied, reducing the risk of security lapses. This helps organizations maintain the security of their code and infrastructure, even as new components are added, and existing ones are updated.

Myth 9: DevSecOps is an additional cost and not an investment.


Contrary to others’ thinking, DevSecOps can help organizations save money and reduce risk in the long term. By integrating security into the development process, the DevSecOps approach helps organizations catch security issues early on before they become major problems. This can help organizations avoid the costs associated with fixing security issues discovered late or after the software has been deployed. Also, by proactively addressing security risks and vulnerabilities, DevSecOps helps organizations reduce their overall risk profile, making it less likely that they will suffer a security breach. This can help organizations avoid the costs associated with fixing security breaches and the damage to their reputation from a breach.

Final Thoughts

With DevSecOps, security is no longer an afterthought or a separate step in the software development process. Instead, security is integrated into every stage of the development process, from code writing to testing to deployment, to catch security issues early before they become major problems.

Here at we45, we strive to go above and beyond in making sure that your software lifecycle is secure. Orchestron is an Application Vulnerability Management and Correlation tool that we45’s team developed to utilize the competence of security automation without sacrificing the reliability of manual testing.

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