A DevSecOps approach

DevSecOps - DigitalCloudAdvisor

The DevSecOps approach to software development emphasizes integrating security considerations into the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), which is a crucial component of an organization. 

Each step in the design, testing, deployment, and maintenance of software directly impacts its success and the company’s overall performance. Implementing an efficient development cycle approach not only improves the quality and reliability of the product but also optimizes costs and reduces time to market, which significantly impacts the company’s profit. 

By combining development, security, and operations practices, DevSecOps helps identify and mitigate security risks as early as possible in the development process, allowing organizations to deliver secure software by design. 

 DevSecOps can be applied to a wide range of use cases and can benefit organisations of all sizes and industries.  

 Some examples of how DevSecOps can be used include  

Cloud migration

Cloud migration ensures that security considerations are considered when migrating to the cloud. This includes assessing the security of cloud providers, configuring security settings and automating security testing as part of the migration process.  

Cloud governance

Cloud governance is automating the implementation of cloud governance policies, such as security and compliance policies, across multiple cloud environments, ensuring data protection and regulatory requirements.  

Cloud Infrastructure as a Code (IaC)

Automating the deployment and management of cloud infrastructure using IaC tools such as Terraform or CloudFormation can help ensure that cloud deployments are secure and compliant while also reducing human errors.  

Cloud disaster recovery

Automating the testing and deployment of updates, ensuring that cloud-based disaster recovery plans are effective and efficient.   

Here at DigitalCloudAdvisor, our DevOps team will help you assess the current state of your development and security practices and recommend ways to improve them using AWS’s wide range of services.  

Here is a list of some of the services our team uses to help customers following DevSecOps practices:  

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) allows you to securely control access to AWS services and resources. By creating and managing users and groups, you will grant or deny access to your resources with granular-level permissions. 

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) enables you to create, manage and use encryption keys for encrypting/decrypting your data at rest and in transit. A cost effective solution to protect your data, maintaining complete control over your keys and complying with various regulatory standards, such as PCI-DSS, HIPAA and SOC2. 

AWS Security Token Service (STS) is a secure and easy-to-use solution for creating and managing temporary security credentials to access AWS resources. 

AWS Security Hub provides a centralised view of security findings from multiple AWS services and third-party solutions, allows for automated security workflows, supports compliance checks, provides best practices recommendations, providing a comprehensive security view. 

AWS Config allows you to track resource changes, including configuration and relationships. Providing continuous configuration monitoring and compliance checks can help you identify and resolve security and compliance issues. 

AWS Inspector automatically asses the security of your applications and identify potential security vulnerabilities. 

Amazon GuardDuty is a threat detection service that continuously monitors for malicious or unauthorized behaviour to protect your AWS accounts and workloads. 

Amazon CloudWatch allows you to monitor and troubleshoot your application and resources. It provides various monitoring capabilities, such as collecting and analysing log data, tracking custom metrics, and setting alarms to trigger automated actions. 

AWS CloudTrail is another monitoring service that records API calls and events in your AWS environment. It provides a detailed log of all API calls, including the source IP address, caller identity, and requested action. 

AWS CloudFormation is a service that allows you to use templates to provision and manage your infrastructure as Code (IaC). It enables you to create, update and delete AWS resources in an organised, predictable manner. 

By utilizing automation, continuous monitoring, logging, threat detection, and proper permission and infrastructure management, our team can ensure that DevSecOps practices are correctly implemented and followed throughout your software development life cycle.  

This allows you to take advantage of the vast selection of services available in the AWS cloud environment and ensures that best practices are incorporated to make your solution the best it can be.  

Contact us to schedule an appointment to learn more. 

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