DevOps and SecOps: how to close the gap between them?

The International Organisation for Standardisation has published an Open Systems Interconnection reference model for the most basic elements of computer networking which is also known as the ‘7-layer’ model that comprises of structured layer packed with application, presentation, session, transport, network, data-link, and physical layers.

The question arises here: where’s the security layer among this? This can be a tricky question as security must exist at each layer to add up effectiveness.

DevOps and SecOps are the two wonderful practices that are making software deployment exercise more efficient and profitable. Many experts give opinions on how the gaps between these two practices can be reduced and fixed up.

In this article, we will see how to fill in the gaps between DevOps and SecOps.

Why DevOps?

A software developer’s work is said to be completed when it is converted to the application layer. Generally, they do not require any interaction with other layers while developing the software when coding. As the businesses have moved to modular software where every assignment is kept as a micro-service in a compartment that incorporates all the resources which are expected to run regularly on a software-defined virtual machine.

This clears up that the developers need to work more on the cloud environments in order to make their software keep running. An alliance was shaped among the developers and network operators to maintain a strategic distance from the requirement for them to keep rapidly move towards becoming a network operator which was names ‘DevOps’.

DevOps has quickly diminished the number of iterations under software code testing to experiences dispense disconnects and other issues caused by erroneous references of network services. All of the administrators work with the developers to guarantee that all addresses and references to the system network components are communicated effectively since the beginning.

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Why SecOps?

It is not a wise option to transfer the responsibility for the security of data and network to the network operations. There can be instances where the network team will keep on working to just keep the system network functional even if it should be stopped due to the breach of security.

Because of such issues, ‘SecOps’ came into the scene where an exclusive team is taking charge of integrated network resources globally by heaping strategies to monitor the system against any security breaches. It is insufficient to remediate security issues but is better preferred to prevent them.

The specialist of SecOps is profound in learning internet working protocols, their working, and legitimate configuration. They stay aware of the new threats entering into the field by making strategies on how to prevent them from affecting data integrity and network performance.

Why there is a gap between DevOps and SecOps and how to resolve it?

DevOps is primarily focused on improving software run by making it quicker and equipping with more client facilities whereas SecOps ensure that there is no one who infiltrates the system and gets the data.

However, the procedures and techniques they use leads to network latency and hence they are inversely proportional when it comes to time. Also, the DevOps and SecOps are uniting at the point of change management by following some ways for better process management.

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Security at its left

We all know about the DevOps culture which consists of ceaseless software delivery and updates. For any security associations, it complicates the work which does not require code analysis or other security schedules on software before its release. The delivery approach of DevOps offers the organisation a chance to decrease security hazards in the software by introducing security prior in the development cycle to address some earlier issues.

Therefore, everything can be moved to the left with DevOps. Moving to Left implies transiting your security assignments more towards left in the development timeline by infusing code investigation tools and automated penetrating tests before any development procedure.


DevOps is a way to deal with software development which underlines the joint effort among an organisation’s operations, development, testing, and support teams. More attention is imparted on decreasing time to market and improving dexterity with the aid of quick development and rollouts.

Collaboration begins with a procedure that includes automated testing of small bits of software at the unit level and integration level.

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The staging condition in a DevOps model is an identical representation of the production environment where automated tests keep running on the code to ensure that is bug-free. In any case, if the software breezes through these tests, it gets pushed into the production with no further security checking. It is an essential requirement for security specialists to bridge the correspondence hole existing between the functions and rest of an organisation.

Summing up!

In present times, the global IT industry is spending a huge sum of amount to streamline their delivery modules. Data integrity and data security are of great concern with the development of variant software applications. Hence, it becomes essential that DevOps and SecOps must go hand in hand; managing these two teams might not be an easy task but in order to prevail this, the gaps should be closed so both of them can work effectively according to the interests of an organisation. Keep learning!

Written by Herman Morgan, business analyst at Tatvasoft Australia

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