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DevSecOps: How to Seamlessly Integrate Security Into DevOps

Published: 30 September 2016

ID: G00315283

Analyst(s): Ian Head, Neil MacDonald


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."

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Security Controls Must Be Programmable and Automated Wherever Possible
  • Use IAM and Role-Based Access Control to Provide Separation of Duties
  • Implement a Simple Risk and Threat Model for All Applications
  • Scan Custom Code, Applications and APIs
  • Scan for OSS Issues in Development
  • Scan for Vulnerabilities and Correct Configuration in Development
  • Treat Scripts/Recipes/Templates/Layers as Sensitive Code
  • Measure System Integrity and Ensure Correct Configuration at Load
  • Use Whitelisting on Production Systems, Including Container-Based Implementations
  • Assume Compromise; Monitor Everything; Architect for Rapid Detection and Response
  • Lock Down Production Infrastructure and Services
  • If Containers Are Used, Acknowledge and Address the Security Limitations
  • Bottom Line

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