Security has traditionally been the responsibility of operations teams. Previously, operations teams provided network protection using advanced firewalls and secured the servers running applications by providing anti-malware scanning protection.
But, with the adoption of cloud computing, boundaries between applications, infrastructure, and protected internal data centres are disappearing. Applications are increasingly running on public cloud provider infrastructure. Also, the traditional monolithic application running on a sole powerful server is shifting. Now, there’s widespread use of microservices with containers or serverless architectures. Applications have become a spiderweb of API calls across different systems, often even across other clouds.
The world of Agile and Scrum helped to streamline and optimise the development process. These methods evolved into DevOps, where development and operations teams work closely together. This guarantees the smooth publishing and maintenance of application workloads. But security vulnerabilities typically only arise once an application is running, as that’s the location of the attack surface left exposed.
Shifting Security Left
DevOps concepts and practices are constantly evolving, and there is a need to integrate security into this process. This has led to the development of DevSecOps. No longer just a buzzword, DevSecOps is a necessity to guarantee secured application workloads. This is achieved by bringing security to the forefront of the DevOps processes, commonly described as “shifting security left.”
The benefits of shifting left are numerous. First, it allows development teams to catch problems long before deploying applications. For example, it can help avoid using vulnerable dependencies and libraries, especially when relying on open-source packages. For open-source packages, it also ensures that you don’t accidentally use inappropriately licensed libraries.
The Importance of Visibility as Security Shifts Left
Security issues are known to cause delays, therefore, the sooner they are detected or avoided, the more efficient and cost effective the development proccess and risk remediation will be.
Managing security means dealing with complexities. There’s a lot to learn and follow up on and it’s often time consuming to keep up with this fast-changing world of attacks.
Currently, there’s too much to check manually. For example, installing a single node package manager (NPM) library package may automatically install 100 other packages. We can’t expect developers to check the security aspects of the code snippets manually. We also can’t expect them to understand the open-source license details of every single package. Automating security and license verification relieves developer teams and lets you focus on your job.
How Trend Micro Cloud One – Open Source Security Delivers Value to SecOps Teams
With more than 80% of applications based on open-source packaging—and so many vulnerabilities present in these packages—protecting your DevOps processes is essential.
Trend Micro Cloud One™ – Open Source Security by Snyk is an automation tool that focuses specifically on alleviating these pain points during the early stage of the DevOps process. Key features include:
- Scans projects in code repositories, giving you more visibility into open source dependency vulnerabilities
- Integrates with DevOps tooling like GitHub, Jenkins, TeamCity, Azure DevOps, and more to support agile development
- Uncovers licensing issues during production, helping you avoid security issues and compliance fines after deployment
- Integrates with notification tools you are probably already using, such as Slack and Jira, promoting more collaboration and accountability between teams to help priotize and mitigate known risks.
- Provides explicit, step-by-step remediation instructions from our Knowledge Base, enabling you to fix problems quicker and earlier
Check out this video to see how quickly you can start securing open source code repositories:
With the diversity of application landscapes—in both hybrid and public cloud environments— managing security vulnerabilities is more challenging than ever. You’re working with environments in traditional source code, microservices, serverless, and containers. DevOps processes should move to DevSecOps and prioritise security by shifting it left. The earlier the detection of vulnerabilities, the better. Instead of trying to keep up by doing this manually, companies should change to an automated process. Preferably, you’ll want to integrate as much as possible with existing DevOps operations and tooling already in use.
Sign up for a trial of Trend Micro Cloud One to experience and learn how the partnership between Trend Micro and Snyk can dramatically help secure your DevOps scenarios by shifting security left.