DevSecOps: Do banks really need it?

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INFOPRO

DevSecOps isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a strategic approach that marries security, development, and operations into a seamless cycle. Its core tenet lies in integrating security from the inception of software development, thereby fostering a culture of security-conscious development and rapid deployment. The banking sector, with its dual emphasis on robust security measures and cutting-edge services, is an ideal candidate for the DevSecOps transformation.

Layers of security protocols and strict regulatory compliance define the traditional banking landscape. However, the introduction of DevSecOps does not weaken these safeguards; instead, it infuses them with agility. Banks adopting DevSecOps recognize that security can no longer be an isolated consideration—it must permeate every phase of development and deployment. By marrying security with speed, banks can achieve both innovative breakthroughs and  digital fortresses.

Central to the DevSecOps cycle is the integration of automation. By empowering your IT team with automated processes, you unlock higher levels of efficiency and productivity. This added infrastructure becomes the backbone of your team’s operations, enabling them to achieve remarkable output and streamline their workflows. In contrast to manual configuration, operation, and monitoring, automation reduces operating costs and amplifies the capabilities of even a small workforce, alleviating pain points and boosting overall productivity.

The 8 Steps of the DevSecOps Cycle

Planning: The foundation of the DevSecOps cycle is a well-executed plan. Utilizing tools like Jira, teams can seamlessly organize, track, and manage projects and tasks. Planning tools foster efficient collaboration and project completion, ensuring a solid start to the development journey.

Code: Source Control and Integrated Development Environment (IDE) offers a unified platform for source code management, collaboration, and Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD). Simplifying development processes and facilitating effective collaboration empowers teams to deliver software with speed and quality.

Build: The build phase is pivotal in DevSecOps, and Automated Build Tools come to the rescue. These software tools make compiling, testing, and packaging easier, enabling faster updates through seamless integration with CI/CD pipelines.

Test: Ensuring software quality and reliability is crucial. Test Automation, Static Application Security Testing (SAST), Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) implemented in Infopro work in harmony to facilitate cross-browser and cross-platform testing, enhance code quality, and identify and mitigate security flaws in web applications.

Release: The release phase involves preparing software for deployment. Automated  build, test, and deployment processes, ensuring rapid integration and delivery of changes.

Deploy: Precision is paramount in software deployment. Automated scripting, combined with Virtual Machines (VMs) and Container technologies, streamlines deployment processes, enhances error handling, and automates tasks for consistency across VM instances.

Operate: The DevSecOps approach is adaptable to different operational environments, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid model. With cloud-agnostic capabilities, DevSecOps solutions can seamlessly operate across various platforms like AWS, Azure, GCP, AliCloud, and/or Huawei offering flexibility, scalability, and security.

Monitor: Monitoring IT infrastructure is vital for optimal performance. Tools such as Zabbix provides a comprehensive solution, allowing organizations to monitor servers, network devices, applications, and more, enabling proactive identification of trends and anomalies.

DevSecOps is more than simply a technique; it is a transformative strategy that offers better productivity, faster software development, improved security, and more satisfied customers. The use of automation, the philosophy of continuous improvement, and the use of strong tools transform the software development environment, driving enterprises to success.

Finally, DevSecOps is the way of the future for software development and operations. Organisations that adopt this strategy may successfully traverse the difficulties of the digital era, provide excellent customer experiences, and remain ahead of the competition. From planning to monitoring, each step of the DevSecOps cycle is critical to success. So, if you want to achieve greatness, it’s time to adopt DevSecOps and take your IT operations to the next level, and we at INFOPRO are always ready to lend a hand in achieving your new transformation. Contact us at infopro.com.my

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