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DevSecOps Gains Enterprise Traction

Enterprise adoption of DevSecOps has surged in the past year, according to a study conducted at this year's RSA Conference.

DevSecOps is a great portmanteau word, but is it a concept in wide use? According to a survey of attendees at this year's RSA Conference, it's not yet universal, but many more organizations are now embracing at least some DevSecOps principles than was the case even a year ago.

The survey, conducted by Aqua Security, asked IT security professionals attending the San Francisco conference questions about whether their organizations were using DevSecOps principles and, if so, some of the details of that use.

In all, 63% of the participants said they have a formal or informal DevSecOps team in place. According to Andy Feit, VP, go-to-market, at Aqua Security, the "informal" part is important.

"That means they don't have to have a director, but they can say that they use some DevSecOps activities," Feit says. "We talk to a lot of organizations every day, but we don't always find a person who has 'DevSecOps' on their business card."

No matter how you define the word, though, its expansion has been impressive. "Last year only 13% of a similar pool of respondents reported they had a DevSecOps team in place; less than a year later, that number has skyrocketed to 62%," Feit says.

Perhaps more important, he says, is that a healthy percentage of the individuals responding said that their organizations were committing resources to the DevSecOps effort. "Sixty perfect said they have the people and the money," he says, adding that another 10% said they have the people but not the money, while 11% said they have the money but not the people.

Asked why so many organizations feel it's important to move in the direction of DevSecOps, Feit talks about the effort to have security "shift left" in the application creation and deployment process. "When you ask why people deploy DevSecOps, applying security across the app life cycle is No. 1, and shifting security left is No. 2," he says.

The most critical factor in DevSecOps' expansion, Feit says, is the unending need for speed in getting applications in front of users. "Everyone's trying to move more quickly through the process. They don't want to get things done and then get into a wait state," he says.

Still, the embrace of DevSecOps is not universal. In response to a Twitter query on DevSecOps deployment, Twitter user @p3l was succinct: "| sed -e s/sec//" he tweeted.

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