Gartner Research

Structuring Application Security Practices and Tools to Support DevOps and DevSecOps

Published: 28 November 2017

ID: G00337322

Analyst(s): Michael Isbitski


Technical professionals responsible for development, security and/or operations of applications must adapt practices to support modern secure DevOps trends. This assessment covers strategies and tooling that can be used to integrate application security throughout a software development life cycle.

Table Of Contents


  • Review Patterns of Application Security Focus
  • Map Application Security to the Gartner DevSecOps Model
  • Build Security Into the Design Phase
    • Translate Security Requirements
    • Adapt Threat Modeling Practices
    • Distribute and Promote Secure Coding Practices
    • Automate Governance of Open-Source Software
  • Choose Relevant Tooling for Development Verification
    • Leverage Software Composition Analysis as Part of Verification
    • Integrate Application Security Testing in Secure DevOps
    • Integrate Fuzzing in Secure DevOps
    • Handle Output of Verification Tooling
  • Use Externalized Security Options
    • Apply Application Protection Before Delivery
    • Deploy Network-Based Application Protection
    • Address Container and Infrastructure Security
  • Continuously Monitor Applications With Production Security Monitoring
    • Ensure You Haven't Missed Something
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Gartner Welcomes Your Feedback
  • Establish a Basic Secure DevOps Pipeline When Just Starting
  • Standardize Your SDLC Processes and Tooling First
  • Select Security Tooling That Integrates With SDLC Systems
  • Resign Yourself to Semiautomation With Secure Design Activities
  • Avoid Excessive Focus on Secure Design

The Details

  • DevOps Practices and Technology
  • Open-Source Software Options in a Secure DevOps Toolchain

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