Solving the AppSec Puzzle: Connecting AppSec to Your DevOps Pipeline Whitepaper

Solving the AppSec Puzzle: Connecting AppSec to Your DevOps Pipeline Whitepaper

Whether your organisation is well-established in its DevOps journey or just beginning to explore its methodologies, the integration of application security into the SDLC is a critical aspect that cannot be overlooked. For mature DevOps teams, the focus may be on refining existing processes and tools to seamlessly incorporate security measures without disrupting the rapid pace of development. Conversely, teams in the nascent stages of their DevOps adoption must navigate the complexities of building security into their development pipelines from the ground up.

Integrating application security (AppSec), the technologies used to detect and address potential security issues in software, into your software development life cycle (SDLC) and your DevOps pipeline is increasingly important in a development environment characterised by continuous integration/continuous development (CI/CD) workflows. AppSec integration allows security teams to establish security gates at multiple stages of the development and deployment process, which helps you avoid late-stage testing and the development rework that ensues. Late-stage testing and development can delay releases or lead to overlooked risks being promoted into production. This approach is commonly referred to as “shifting left” in the development cycle or, increasingly, as “shifting everywhere.”

True AppSec integration requires combining and connecting elements, systems, and processes to work together seamlessly. It involves merging disparate components into a unified system, enabling the smooth flow of information, functionalities, or resources. Moreover, integration means these elements and systems fit naturally into established workflows—preventing teams from architecting new workflows that disrupt teams and diminish efficiency.

In the context of software development and application security, integration plays a crucial role in achieving important business objectives, including
• Mitigating risks that could threaten sensitive data
• Supporting compliance initiatives for security practices
• Elevating efficiency standards during development, testing, and deployment

This whitepaper from Synopsys covers such topics as security as a business driver, complex software complicating security, challenges to building robust DevSecOps, security integration adoption strategies, and much more.

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