What is NetSecOps? Like DevOps and DevSecOps, the term NetSecOps is a portmanteau word. NetSecOps is the combination of the words Networks, Security and Operations. Its definition, however, can be explained based in two aspects. One which is related to DevOps and the other, of course, unrelated to DevOps or more specifically a network-security partnership. So let’s look into the meaning of NetSecOps according to these two aspects.
What is NetSecOps related to DevOps?
To begin with, NetSecOps that is related to DevOps is a part of NetOps. NetOps, also a portmanteau word, is the blending of the words, Network and Operations. It is basically a practice that involves activities related to maintaining, monitoring and troubleshooting the network. Today, as DevOps has become an important essence in organisations, making every company a software company, NetOps refers to the applications of DevOps approach and tools in networking. NetOps is as well described with different terms such as NetOps 2.0, NetDevOps DevNetOps, network as code and Super-NetOps. Thus, the definition of NetSecOps in this term, is a practice that integrates automated network security testing into the CI/CD workflows.
What is NetSecOps (networking-security partnership)?
The adoption of various technologies as a mean to keep up with business demands and accelerate business growth leads to the increase in gap in the collaboration between the networking and security teams today. NetSecOps is an approach that bridge this gap by formalising collaboration between networking and security teams. In other words, NetSecOps refers to an approach that enhances correlation between NetOps and SecOps through sharing of integrated tools, data and processes.
The IT world today is never constant. Adoptions of new technology that are essential in ensuring business sustainability results in rapid changes in the IT landscape thus continuously bring many challenges to the collaboration between the networking teams, security teams as well as the development teams. The adoptions of new technology need to be applied alongside with effective approach like NetSecOps in order to leverage its implementation.
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