Five Best Practices for DevOps Automation

By CIOReview | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Open source libraries and frameworks play a crucial role in the DevOps environment that emphasizes the shorter development lifecycles, collaboration, and innovation. It’s important not to neglect the security of these open source components. Here we will talk about five things that one must consider concerning the safety of an open source project.

•  Security Automation

A significant driving force for DevOps is to automate as much as possible. DevOps automation emphasizes using technologies like virtual machines and containerization to repackage applications into reusable blocks, many of which consist of open source code.

Also, because of this automation and at the pace at which the updates occur, security teams are left behind quickly. Information Security teams need to find out ways of automating several of the most critical security procedures. Greater automation into security checks implies that it is less likely that DevOps practices will release software that contains vulnerable open source components.

•  Open Source Tools

 Open source codes form the majority of the footprint of modern proprietary codebases and focus on the libraries and frameworks first.  Moreover, open source tools provide an excellent way to improve open source security in DevOps.

•  Incorporation of Open Source Code-Checking Tools Into Development

Shifting security to the left means that developers need to overcome the inherent tendency to focus on application functionality without considering safety. For this, the developers can integrate some open source code-checking tools into development environments.

•  Hackers Target- Open Source

One of the disadvantages with increased use of Open Source is that the malicious actors are aware of the components that contain vulnerabilities and they can use this knowledge to target companies developing software. Hackers are always in search of organizations that have become lax in their security checks; therefore it is advisable for the organizations to keep a regular check.

•  Policy and Governance

For DevOps and open source to work collaboratively, there is an urgent need to develop dedicated open source policies by DevOps organizations. When these developers are given free space to use open source libraries and frameworks without monitoring or documentation, the chances are high that vulnerabilities creep into the applications.

Hence it is evident that the open source model offers benefits to DevOps teams concerning achieving their goals. As security is of prime importance, many source tools are helping to enhance the safety of the applications developed in DevOps.