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1/2/2020
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6 Security Team Goals for DevSecOps in 2020

Huge opportunities await security teams that are finally ready move the needle on security problems that have plagued organizations for years.
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Make Big Security Gains with Policy as Code

In the DevOps world, the biggest gains have been achieved through an "everything-as-code" approach that has made it so much easier to spin up and down reliable, repeatable infrastructure components. In the future this could be a huge boon for security and compliance purposes, but right now there's a big gap between DevOps and security teams, says Tim Hinrichs, CTO and co-founder of Styra.

"This is particularly the case when audit time rolls around; auditors often have to be manually walked through security practices in containerized environments," he says.

Hinrichs believes that teams should be seeking to adopt policy-based controls that are manifested in a policy-as-code format to help "eliminate manual code reviews, ease compliance efforts, and eliminate process bottlenecks."

Sid Phadkar, a senior product manager at Akamai, agrees that many organizations are going to be building security policies directly within code to help deal with big compliance demands set upon them by regulations like GDPR.

"There will be an uptick in DevOps tools that cater to automating more compliance-related tasks within infosec teams, thus incorporating security and compliance measures into everyday CI workflows," Phadkar says.

This will not only be a boon for compliance but also to generally ease security automation and container orchestration, says Glen Kosaka, vice president of product at NeuVector, explaining that DevSecOps teams should be looking to set security policies for "any and all workload deployments" through YAML files.

"Security 'policy as code' -- and, overall, easier security automation -- will change how DevSecOps teams approach container security in 2020," Kosaka says. Expect this evolution of more efficient and automated security integration processes to be a particularly welcome change for DevOps next year.

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