Part of the system development lifecycle includes the relationship between development teams and operations teams. DevOps is shorthand for development and operations – a software development phase originally used in Agile methodology that enables systems to be more rapidly deployed and more easily managed by incorporating operations into the development process. Given the higher visibility of security and the need of organizations to ensure that security is not an afterthought, there has been a relatively recent addition to DevOps – security, hence the term DevSecOps. It is meant to incorporate security into the software development process so that new systems are deployed, employing as many security features as possible to protect your data and organization.
What processes should be included to secure your systems in development? They include Software Assurance activities to ensure your software is free from vulnerabilities, including:
- Design Review – includes reviewing system security and best practices to determine the optimal architecture to protect and safeguard your company’s critical data and its access
- Code Review – includes rules for writing code that minimize security exposure, along with formal reviews prior to code release
- Security Testing – includes techniques to determine how your systems protect data while maintaining its intended functionality
While improving the relationships between development, operations, and security units, it may be prudent to include outside assistance to provide an unbiased look at your software development projects. Trillium's Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice can help to secure your system and software development and ensure your systems minimize your security exposure.