08 Jun, 2020

5 Reasons To Train In DevSec

by nVisium

Ongoing training is mandatory to maintain and improve your skillset period.  It doesn’t make a difference if this is a world class athlete, business executive or average employee, all will benefit from ongoing training. Unfortunately, there is one group that often gets overlooked when it comes to ongoing training and that is your developers.

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There are typically cultural (and sometimes physical) walls between development, operations and security when it comes to how to design, develop, test, launch and manage new on-premise or cloud-based applications or other forms of IT automation. While the ultimate goal of all of these departments is to use automation to focus on rapid, frequent delivery of secure infrastructure and software into production status, reality and departmental priorities kick in to sidetrack even the best of intentions of what should have been an easy project.

That’s where a DevSecOps team can help. This team will oversee the processes characterized by repeatability, low redundancy, high collaboration with dispersion of collective efforts. Accomplished correctly, they will achieve this most efficiently, using automation and auditability above subjective decision-making. Decisions that would drive successful releases are codified in code and if that is not feasible to capture in code, then checklists with clear yes/no decision points are used to heavily documented standard operating procedures (SOPs).

But are all DevSecOps teams created equal?  How do you ensure your DevSecOPs have the latest tips and techniques to stay ahead of the cybercriminal power curve?

5 reasons devops and security should work together

It wouldn’t be a far stretch to understand that great security training can eliminate coding vulnerabilities before they are exploited by cyber criminals causing your firm to lose productivity, profit or even brand reputation. But who is ultimately responsible for the security of in-house developed code: the development team or the security team? According to Daniel Newman in his Forbes article titled “5 Reasons DevOps And Security Need To Work Together” these are the items you should consider, but with a variation on why you should implement training for a DevSecOps role:

  1. DevOps and Security Together Should Be a Priority for Every Team: This seems like a no brainer except for the fact that 68% of professionals demand that business doesn’t slow down and that means that some priorities fall off the table. Unfortunately, cross department communications tend to be one of the first victims. The introduction of DevSecOps ensures security stays a priority and ongoing training will ensure they stay current.
  2. Security Should Be Tracked the Same as DevOps: All too often, security can fall by the wayside during the development process in the drive to deliver code on time. By tracking security alongside all other business critical process, you will keep it fresh, up to date and always present. Your DevSecOps will provide the necessary oversite and reporting required.
  3. Applications Should Be Secured: Application are always tested for functionality to ensure everything works as planned, but what about testing for what can possibly go wrong? According to TechBeacon 92% of web applications have security flaws or weaknesses that can be exploited. This is where your DevSecOps along with the right AppSec testing tools will save the day.
  4. Code Should Be Secured: While may developers got a degree in computer science, every real coder learned their craft by writing countless lines of code. They know the syntax of a given language and the semantics of turning a spec into a working code snippet or program. Unfortunately, statistics have shown at 44% of developers can not code securely.
  5. Security Should Be in Every Stage of the Deployment Pipeline: Security may not be a sexy topic, but today’s agile development-driven environment is at the core of digital transformation and security deserves a place at its side. DevSecOps ensures that security has a place at all stages from design to development to testing to deployment and ongoing maintenance.

Bottomline is that every organization with an in-house development team should also have DevSecOps to ensure the intersection of security, development and operations. They will also need ongoing training and tools to ensure success.

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nVisium’s DevSec Mentor training platform was created to replace outdated teaching methods such as CBTs (Computer-Based Training) by providing an in-depth and engaging online training experience. Our training focuses on how application security vulnerabilities manifest and requires participants to find and remediate high risk code in order to progress in a game-like setting.

One of the more difficult issues with training is demonstrating the real-world impact of a specific vulnerability. nVisium uses games to teach developers and information security professionals to think like hackers by launching real-world attacks against applications and seeing the impact of these attacks as they land against other teams in the event. Depending on the style of game requested, defensive players may then implement fixes, and watch attacks fail in real time.

Now is the time to train your developers with the latest security tips and techniques to ensure their skills are up to standards in a post-COVID-19 world.   Schedule a demo today.

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