DevSecOps

Putting Security in our DevOps Processes..

The purpose and intent of DevSecOps is to build on the mindset that "everyone is responsible for security" with the goal of safely distributing security decisions at speed and scale to those who hold the highest level of context without sacrificing the safety required.

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DevSecOps

DevSecOps is a evolutionary development practice that can give your company the upper-hand in making sure the software you ship, is compliant, secure and safe. Its main goal is to introduce a framework that builds a bridge between fast and secure software development. This is critical if you have customers in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, finance, and other verticals that are highly regulated or where security and speed is a business requirement.

Although DevSecOps is an evolutionary practice amalgamated from other fields with similar issues, DevSecOps seems revolutionary because the practices are so different from Agile & Waterfall before it. DevSecOps is social-technical system developed through operations with the key goal of ‘delivering.’ And as you may have heard we are talking about very fast and frequently delivering to meet your customer’s expectations, while maintaining compliance, security and safety.

At its core, DevSecOps is a two part practice of applying Security as Code (SaC) to your existing development lifecycle in order to build an immune system preventing common problems specific to your business from being deployed into production. It is also about changing how those teams communicate and work together in order to achieve this scalable culture. Some of these culture characteristics include and not limited to:

  • Openness and ongoing learning
  • Establish feedback loops
  • Creation of security stakeholders/champions
  • Encourage team autonomy

Everyone is responsible for security, if you keep this in mind, you will be successful.

It is not just your Development team, or your Security team, or your Operations Team. It is a collaboration across these teams that will make your company successful. The transformation of culture goes hand in hand with the transformation of technology. Meaning the continuous deployment model of devops will also will undergo some changes to support the DevSecOps model. These changes include and not limited to:

  • Automation of security
  • Security flaws detection early in the integration phases
  • Break the build/block the release
  • Reduction of false positives rates (developer trust in the build)
  • Use of composition analysis (detects inadvertent use of malicious code)
  • Focus on orchestration

The dirty secret of the Information Security industry is that organised criminals, and other highly financially motivated attackers are able to purchase the same off the shelf products as everybody else. And those rogue organizations reverse engineer security issues or purchase them on black markets – making all organizations utilizing off the shelf solutions very vulnerable to these known and unknown attacks. Therefore, If you are in a highly regulated industry or you have security as a business requirement then purchasing security is simply not good enough.

The solution is to build security into the very fabric of your business. This is at the heart of DevSecOps. Why? Because attackers can not use known exploits against a system with security built into the fabric, as these systems are built bespoke!

Therefore, it puts the attackers almost back at square zero. This is because it is not possible to eliminate off the shelf products as it is cost prohibitive. However, by strategically deploying them – we know where to put our security controls and watch closely. The attacker on the other hand knows nothing about the system, and must start over from scratch, giving us an advantage in detection. This significantly increases the efforts and thus expenses of compromise, and this alone is often enough to disrupt the financially motivated attackers business model, and discourage compromise.

We’ve seen this too often, where customer’s data is breached, as their systems are exploited in various ways. Ultimately, we do not want our customers to fall victims of this costly and embarrassing predicament. By practicing DevSecOps, we help you catch security problems before you even promote a build to your production environment.


We help ensure you are thinking and applying security upfront, not as an afterthought but rather, applying security checks at all stages of the CI/CD pipeline. Once this happens, the conversations with the security team change from approving a major release, to approving the CI/CD entire pipeline process at each stage. They are involved from the beginning and not at the end of the lifecycle, this makes all the difference.

The following key areas are our specialty:




As mentioned earlier, everyone is responsible for security, this means your engineering team has a little work to do. We can help your team secure the CI/CD pipeline properly. This includes applying checks in key stages in the pipeline which include:


Microservices brings a lot of great capabilities to the enterprise, scalability, agility and self-healing applications. However, security and compliance are often overlooked.

Docker security is not a simple task as the system has three separate elements:

  • The Docker Host,
  • Docker daemon
  • Image running as a container.

Here are some concerns with Docker security and areas where CSP can help:

  • Popular Docker images have many vulnerabilities
  • All containers are subject to kernel exploit/vulnerability
  • Security at best is as good as the host security
  • Access Control traditionally too wide on its own
  • Isolation between containers – East & West attacks
  • Isolation of host – cgroups, name spaces
  • Security must be integrated into cluster management
  • Security must be automated
  • Are not constructed to meet cloud, virtual machine, and container compliance

Our offering includes our assistance in securing your containers in the following areas:

  • Docker Host & Kernel Security
  • Container Breakout
  • Container Image Authenticity (public images used in your pipeline)
  • Docker Existing Security Vulnerabilities in Image
  • Docker Credentials and Secrets Management
  • Docker Runtime Security Monitoring

How can we help you? If you need to ship your app faster and need help ensuring it is secure all while automating the build and release process, then get a quote from us

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