What Are the Challenges of Implementing DevSecOps?
Managing Environmental Complexities
Most enterprises rely on multiple public clouds. Using only individual providers’ native security controls leads to limited visibility, security silos, inconsistent security, and fragmented reporting. Meanwhile, DevOps environments combine various platforms, coding languages, and open source components. Within these environments, credentials, tokens, and SSH keys are openly shared among apps, containers, and microservices.
Security teams need granular controls to address complex environments without impacting performance.
Moving Beyond Point Solutions
DevOps teams need a comprehensive view of their environment and risks to resolve issues and deliver secure code. Many security teams use multiple single-purpose tools to provide that coverage, and then instead of focusing on delivering great software, must cope with correlating results from these disparate tools, determining remediation priorities, and suffering alert fatigue.
Retiring point solutions in favor of a holistic approach means getting buy-in from your teams on taking the leap.
Navigating Cross-Team Operational Challenges
Rapid release cycles can lead to mistakes like configuration errors, which can turn into major security risks. In traditional waterfall development, security testing happens after the development stage, before the application goes into a production environment. This can be time-consuming, and security teams often can’t keep up because of limited expertise, budget, and resources.
You’ll need to focus on training and filling knowledge gaps among your teams as you move to DevSecOps.
Fostering Collaboration and Communication
The biggest hurdle to DevSecOps culture is your teams’ security culture. DevOps teams are under pressure to keep up speed, and they’re used to security slowing them down. They often have limited knowledge of security and risk mitigation best practices, compliance requirements, and the consequences of violations. Security teams, on the other hand, are mostly concerned with securing apps, code, infrastructure, and data.
In other words, diverging goals can make it difficult for your teams to work together. You need to unify their goals and show them the long-term, cross-team benefits of DevSecOps.
Read The Top Challenges Faced by Organizations Implementing DevSecOps to learn more.