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Tough Love: Debunking Myths about DevOps & Security
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8/20/2019 | 10:14:54 AM
How is "Shifting security to the left" a 'myth' ?
Hello!

Overall, I feel like this is an article trying to play 'devil's advocate' for DevOps teams and developers. I understand where you are coming from for most of the claims made on the post and can even get behind some of the 'myths' but the "Shift-left" one does not really make sense. You are not supporting the case that "Shifting security to the left" is a myth, you are merely saying that legacy tools shouldn't be pushed on DevOps teams. A stronger claim would try to explaining that 'shift left' is an impossible task or that it does not result in cost savings, which, is quite the opposite; but that's what I would do if I am trying to debunk that claim.  

Also, shifting secuirty to the left is not just about the tools but also about processes that need to be in place to support secuirty through the pipeline. An example of this would be architecting an application with security in mind, threat modeling, having 'security standards' in place so developers can reference them as they start to code, providing training to developers and DevOps team on application security topics so they can have an existing awareness prior to start building their applications. I feel like the article is norrowing the definition of shift left security to 'archaic tools' when it's quite the oposite (At least in my experience). 

Finally, I would have added a final myth saying that "Security is only the responsability of security professionals" because that is not the case.  In this day and age, everyone in a corporation is responsible for security and should be held accountable for it; if I click on a phishing email, I am sure I would get in as much trouble (if not more) as the team managing the email security tool. So, ultimetely, a better approach would be to marry development and security and have DevSecOps instead of just SecOps. 

Hope to see more DevOps and AppSec articles! :)


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