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During the last decade, operations teams have seen a dramatic shift that is still unfolding across the industry. The most forward thinking teams have already adopted DevOps practices, and the rest are in the process of doing so. Services are being decoupled from their once monolithic applications into microservice architectures composed of APIs and third party providers. Deploy rates are moving from once-a-quarter to on-demand, usually multiple times a day. Developers and operations staff now work together to rotate on-call duties and promote availability and reliability of systems.

These changes paint two opposing pictures: security still largely stuck relying on true-but-tired defensive measures from the days of slow moving IT, and operations that has radically transformed into a fast-moving IT delivery pipeline. Security practices such as static code analysis and long, drawn-out approval processes continue to slow down the software delivery pipeline with more and more questionable returns. However, there is a better way: operations teams can help security go faster and reduce threats at the same time.

What you'll learn:

  • How modern operations processes impact security
  • Four ways operations teams can strengthen application security
  • How developers, operations and security speed development and response to threats as they happen

About the Author

James Wickett (@wickett) is the Head of Research at Signal Sciences, a web protection platform that high performing DevOps teams love. He is the author of the most popular courses on DevOps topics in the Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning platforms. James lives in Austin, Texas and has helped run DevOps Days Austin for the last six years. In his spare time he is trying to make a perfect BBQ brisket.

Excerpt from the Report:

Application Security for Modern Operations Teams

[Recent] changes paint two opposing pictures: security still largely stuck relying on true-but-tired defensive measures from the days of slow moving IT, and operations that has radically transformed into a fast-moving IT delivery pipeline. Security practices such as static code analysis and long, drawn-out approval processes continue to slow down the software delivery pipeline with more and more questionable returns. However, there is a better way: operations teams can help security go faster and reduce threats at the same time.

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