In software engineering, pipeline refers to a set of automated processes that allow developers and operation professionals to work together to build and deploy codes to a production compute platform. Through this post, we will further understand DevOps pipeline and why DevOps security matters?
DevOps is a term adopted from the combination of the word development and operations that promotes better collaboration and communication between the developers and IT operations team. Therefore, according to both definitions, DevOps pipeline can be defined as a set of automated processes that enable the DevOps teams to build, test, and deploy software faster and easier. Remark: DevOps is under transition to the new term secure DevOps or better known as DevSecOps.
The core components of a DevOps pipeline includes continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD). CI is essential in increasing deployment efficiency as it practices continuous integration to the code into the existing code base. As a results, any conflicts between different developers’ code changes can be identified quickly and become easy to remediate. On the other hand, CD serves as an extension to CI that enables automation to the entire software release operation. Hence, CD speeds up the release process thus increases the frequency for new features.
While DevOps helps in solving many software development challenges, it also brings in new challenges especially in security challenges. Malware, hidden bugs and software vulnerabilities like SQL injection and cross-site scripting can drop the quality of the developed software. In addition, DevOps environment usually requires adequate secret management and access control. Inadequate secret management or access control will allow an opening for attackers to disrupt operations and gain control of the IT infrastructure.
Ultimately, embracing security in DevOps not only help an organisation to develop a more secure software but also reduce recall rates, improve reputations as well as saving costs for repairs and delays.
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