Smart Data Helps Defend Against Security RisksBy CIOApplications Europe
With businesses everywhere undergoing a rapid digital transformation, the hybrid cloud has become the preferred computing environment for applications and service workloads. This is a result of the various benefits it offers in terms of lower CAPEX, OPEX, and quicker time-to-market. And, DevOps plays a major role in capitalizing on each of these benefits. Today, with developers and IT operators working together more closely than ever in an effort to continuously plan, develop, deliver, integrate, test, and deploy new applications and services in the hybrid cloud, DevOps has become increasingly important. However, as the deployment pipeline continues to gather speed, it decreases the chances of identifying potentially harmful flaws and vulnerabilities, until the last minute. Hence, it is important to consider application security requirements at the very beginning rather than at the end.
DevOps teams must evolve into DevSecOps teams and attain end-to-end visibility across the entire service delivery with continuous monitoring to better protect against potential security risks. With this advantage, developers can immediately view a situation and take appropriate measures as soon as an issue is identified, instead of waiting for the operations team to highlight the problems. The level of visibility relies on the use of smart data—metadata that is optimized for analytics at the highest possible speed and quality—which deliver real-time meaningful and actionable insights that enable all DevSecOps teams to know about the flaws in an application in real time. This allows developers, operations, and security teams to work closely together and deal with the issues much quicker. Combined with automation, it helps to create more secure applications that save time, money, and reduce the risk of potential damage to an organization’s reputation.
Likewise, capitalizing on the various opportunities that digital transformation offers is critical for the constant growth of today’s businesses. However, it doesn’t come without risk. To save costly delays in deployment time of applications, security must be built-in from the beginning and throughout the SDLC process. Today, with smart data, DevSecOps can maintain the necessary speed and agility required to prevent potential flaws in performance and security.