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The Top 3 Enterprise DevSecOps Challenges (and a Webinar About How to Solve Them)

Anna Daugherty
Anna Daugherty
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December 19, 2023

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Enterprises need DevSecOps.

Organizational Barriers

Poor Tooling and Integration

Neglected Security and Quality

Learn about the Opsera DevSecOps Platform

How Workday Improved their Security Posture 

Enterprises need DevSecOps. 

But don’t just take my word for it. Check out this article on 10 major data breaches that occurred in 2023 alone. 😱

Enterprises need a comprehensive security approach that integrates security practices throughout the entire software development lifecycle (SDLC), from planning and coding to deployment and operations. 

Security can’t just be added as an afterthought; it has to be built into every stage of the process. Security is a shared responsibility among developers, security specialists, and operations teams. And it comes with rewards! 

💪 Strong DevSecOps processes lead to:

  • Improved security posture
  • Faster development and delivery
  • Reduced costs
  • Enhanced compliance
  • Increased collaboration and communication

However, implementing such a critical organizational change isn’t easy. IT leaders and practitioners all the way to the developer level can encounter these top challenges:

1. Organizational Barriers

  • Silos and collaboration: Traditional IT structures often have separate Dev, Sec, and Ops teams with limited communication. This creates friction and hinders effective security integration.
  • Culture change: Shifting from a blame-oriented culture to one of shared responsibility for security can be difficult. Lack of buy-in from leadership and resistance to change can stall progress.
  • Skills and training: Dev teams may lack the necessary security knowledge and tools to effectively implement DevSecOps practices. Security teams may need training on DevOps methodologies to collaborate efficiently.

2. Poor Tooling and Integration:

  • Tool sprawl: Enterprises often use a patchwork of siloed security and DevOps tools. Integrating these tools into a cohesive workflow can be complex and resource-intensive.
  • Lack of automation: Manual security processes slow down development and deployment cycles. Automating security tasks within the CI/CD pipeline is necessary for enterprise efficiency and scalability.
  • Misconfiguration and vulnerabilities: Complex infrastructure and misconfigured tools can create security vulnerabilities. Continuously monitoring and patching systems is essential.

3. Neglected Security and Quality:

  • Security as an afterthought: security is often considered later in the development lifecycle, leading to vulnerabilities and rework. Integrate security early (known as “Shift-Left”) for proactive prevention.
  • Insufficient testing and validation: Lack of comprehensive security testing throughout the development process can leave vulnerabilities undetected until production.
  • Evolving threats and compliance: The threat landscape constantly changes, and enterprises need to adapt their security practices and comply with ever-evolving regulations.

Learn about the Opsera DevSecOps Platform: https://www.opsera.io/devsecops 

These challenges are interconnected and require a holistic approach to address. Successful DevSecOps implementation requires a combination of cultural change, strategic tooling, automated processes, and continuous improvement.

While the specific challenges faced by your enterprise will vary depending on your industry, size, and existing IT infrastructure, understanding these top 3 challenges can help you identify potential roadblocks and develop strategies for successful DevSecOps adoption.

How Workday Improved their Security Posture 

We recently sat down with Workday, along with our partners at AWS, to discuss these top Enterprise DevSecOps challenges and how they utilized better processes and tools like Opsera to solve them. In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How Workday identified their top DevSecOps challenges
  • How they partnered across the business to solve challenges at scale through collaboration, tooling, processes, and culture change
  • How AWS supports shared DevSecOps responsibility
  • How Opsera played a crucial role in enabling these changes

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