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4 Ways to Automate Security in Software Development

Gilbert Martin
Gilbert Martin
Published on
March 1, 2023

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Automation comes in various forms and shapes. Scans can be programmed manually or triggered automatically at code commit. And these scans can lead to automated remediation and reporting or require human intervention. Here are 4 simple ways automated security testing can be integrated into your DevOps lifecycle:

  1. Leverage the SAST mechanism to automate security scans for every code change. And ensure that the results are sorted as per the critical level of the vulnerability so that remediation can be planned accordingly 
  2. The scan results should automatically raise a ticket or halt a build as per the policy in place. These results should be presented to the developer for timely remediation.
  3. Security policies should be automatically applied upon code commit, while giving the option to capture and approve exceptions whenever required.
  4. Leverage DAST scans to analyze running applications to identify known vulnerabilities. You can automate these scans by using the Auto DAST tools. 

Though automated security testing proves beneficial in many ways (as discussed in the previous sections), it is equally important to strike a balance between automation and manual work. Trying to automate overly rigorous security policies may impede business objectives. So, it is imperative to strike a balance between security and efficiency. It's also important that security automation doesn't hinder visibility. Ensure that automated security testing processes generate reports of what, when, and why of the actions undertaken. And, security automation is not meant to replace the security team. It is a tool meant to enhance the efficiency of the security team and help them produce better results.

DevSecOps automation is the future of security: Secure your business with Opsera

Adopting DevSecOps automation is easier said than done. Without the right approach to automation, you may end up in hot water. Your transition to greater automation should start with small, measurably successful projects, which can be scaled and optimized for bigger projects. This allows teams and stakeholders to get acquainted with DevSecOps tools, principles, and practices, thus bringing about a change in team culture and individual mindset. The future of security is a world where the process is reduced by 80% of TSR review. A world where any security tool can be integrated or replaced without having to refactor all of the DevOps pipelines or software supply chain. Security is or should become security as code.

With its vast experience in helping numerous organizations to set up a solid DevSecOps strategy, Opsera enables your teams to overcome many of the hurdles that organizations would typically encounter with DevSecOps automation. With speed and productivity at their core, we help you leverage automation and DevOps principles to bring security into the development pipeline. 

Whether you’re in the planning phase or are stuck with choosing the right tools, we can help you streamline your DevSecOps adoption and help you manage your new pipeline.

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