Organizations that use DevSecOps effectively can streamline a variety of processes. The result is an ability to handle complex coding tasks faster and better.
Organizations that rely on conventional software development methodologies often encounter time delays as teams wait for code to be fixed. This slows development and escalates costs. Instead, DevSecOps removes manual processes, eliminates redundant reviews and processes, and builds a framework for integrating changes across the organization.
Moreover, since security is baked into processes and extends across the development lifecycle, there’s a consistent framework for reviewing, auditing, code scanning, testing, and deploying software. This improved collaboration contributes to a more consistent and streamlined approach to software development and patching.
In the end, quality increases while costs go down. It’s also easier to get new projects off the ground and ensure that they’re headed in the right direction. No less important: if an enterprise requires a change to a DevSecOps process, it’s possible to seed the change immediately across teams. As a result, a modern development CI/CD pipeline takes shape.
DevSecOps Best Practices
There are three key requirements for a successful DevSecOps framework:
- A shift-left orientation. The term shift left refers to adjusting and adapting security tasks and processes so that they take place earlier in the software development cycle. This makes it possible to spot coding problems and security vulnerabilities earlier and correct them before they spread.
- A robust monitoring and management framework. A successful DevSecOps initiative uses technology tools and processes to improve traceability, auditability, and visibility across the development lifecycle and across teams.
- Security training and education. Developers face intense pressure to churn out code faster than ever. While they may recognize the value of security, it isn’t necessarily their top priority. Successful DevSecOps initiatives offer training and awareness of basic principles promoted by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and others.
Implementing a DevSecOps Practice with Low-Code
As organizations look to build a faster and more efficient pipeline for software development, DevSecOps is critical. It integrates security into all aspects of the development and software delivery processes and across teams. A shift-left approach that includes automated testing and other controls integrates security deeper into the fabric of the enterprise. It helps an organization ensure that it is producing the highest quality code at the lowest possible cost.
As we saw, a successful DevSecOps practice requires changing mindsets, training, and the right technology. And that’s where OutSystems low-code platform can help.
- Unlike other low-code platforms, OutSystems generates code that can be scanned by security testing tools
- Apps built with OutSystems are protected by default from the top security threats identified by OWASP (both OWASP Top 10 Most Critical Web Application Security Risks, and the OWASP Top 10 Mobile Threats).
- The platform automatically applies more than 200 (and growing) risk and security controls.
- OutSystems performs dynamic and static code analysis for 100% of the applications created thanks to the implemented DevSecOps principles, including a decoupled architecture supported by a compiler mentality instead of an interpreter mentality.
- For cloud users, the platform offers Sentry with extra security, risk management, and monitoring for SOC2 Type II.
- For mobile, OutSystems offers AppShield, an add-on that automatically adds additional layers of security during deployment to make applications more resistant to intrusion, tampering, and reverse engineering.
- Finally, OutSystems undergoes regular verification of security and compliance controls.
Explore all OutSystems security capabilities and what makes it the CSOs/CISOs’ choice in our Security page and Evaluation Guide.