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Leveraging the DevOps Toolchain to Automate and Secure Virtualization, Private Cloud and Public Cloud Environments

Published: 12 September 2014

ID: G00263669

Analyst(s): Joerg Fritsch


To date, nothing truly blends DevOps automation and security. This document charts a path for technical professionals to harmonize DevOps automation and security by accommodating traditional controls in the DevOps toolchain and securing the DevOps toolchain itself.

Table Of Contents


  • The DevOps Automation Workflow and Where Security Controls Can Go
    • Endpoint Protection Platform
    • FIM and Compliance Tracking
    • Patch Management
    • Privileged Activity Monitoring
    • Server Hardening
  • Next-Generation IT Audit
  • Securing the DevOps Automation Toolchain
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • How to Use DevOps Automation to Secure Your Servers
    • Translate Controls Into Code
    • Translate Checklists Into Code and Approvals Into Issue Tracking Systems
    • Commercial Off-the-Shelf Software Versus OSS and In-House-Developed Software
  • How to Secure DevOps Automation
    • Ensure Accountability and Traceability
    • Code Quality Standards
    • Protect the DevOps Automation Toolchain
  • How to Adapt Security Management to DevOps Automation

The Details

  • The Chasm Between Traditional IT and Automated IT
    • Traditional IT
    • Automated IT
  • Vendor Details

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