Data breaches are unfortunately not uncommon; there are around 30,000 attacks on websites every day. A data breach can have a significant effect on both a company’s public image and their customer’s welfare. It’s a serious issue, with a cost of $6 trillion worldwide in 2021 according to Cybersecurity Ventures.
Many organizations are lucky to have specialized security engineers, and even when they do, they may lack some understanding about how the software engineers work and vice versa. Security engineers and software engineers working in the same organization need to understand each other’s goals and best practices so everyone can speak the same language.
Secure Software Development Tools
There is a need for security tools that are easy for developers to understand and use, and that also need to be modular in nature so they can be swapped in as they are created and updated, or if something better comes along.
Security is dynamic, so developers need scalable, dynamic software solutions and tooling, but these kinds of solutions are hard to create, build, and maintain.
Bridging the Gap between Software and Security
Software and security tend to be very siloed without much explicit understanding between the two.
To remedy this, security engineers need to “shift left” to better understand and work directly with software engineers and the projects they work on. This understanding leads to the discovery and prevention of attack vectors and stronger mitigation strategies we can adopt and reuse across many software projects.
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A current trend we are seeing within the security field is the concept of DevSecOps: Development, Security, and Operations.
What is DevSecOps? Essentially, DevSecOps refers to an additional security layer over the normal, automated DevOps pipelines which focus on building strong and secure code, as well as ensuring the operation side of the house is also looking at security events through a fine-tooth comb.
Tools that focus on the Sec, or security, portion of DevSecOps can be created to address many security concerns throughout the development process, so we can ensure that developers don’t allow security gaps in their pipelines.
Due to its automated nature, this strategy can help address risks without significantly impeding development, allowing for continuous enforcement of good security practices throughout the pipeline. DevSecOps is a step in the right direction to bridge the gap between security and software, but we still need to do more as an industry.
Yelp Detect Secrets
Currently, software development engineers are still struggling with implementing secure code hygiene by not practicing DevSecOps in software projects.
One strategy to achieve secure software development is to wrap the open source credential scanner, Yelp Detect Secrets to be ingested and used into Azure DevOps (ADO) pipelines. This approach is valuable because it wraps an open source tooling and immediately exports them to an ADO backlog to track current bugs and potential credential leaks in the pipeline.
The security landscape is always changing, so we need to be as dynamic as possible in our security practices and understand how the sausage gets made.
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