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DevSecOps: Hope is Not a Strategy

February 23, 2018 By Derek Weeks

There is a lot of investment in hope.

I hope we won’t get breached.

I hope our DevOps teams aren’t deploying thousands of vulnerable containers.

I hope our developers aren’t downloading millions of vulnerable open source components.

I hope our developers and security teams will figure out how to work together.

I hope we won’t be fined under GDPR.

I hope the hackers don’t notice.

Yet the fact remains that hope will not reduce breaches. Hope does not safeguard your containers or components. Hope cannot achieve collaboration. Hope won’t prevent a fine. Hope is not a strategy.

Many organizations are considering their approach to DevSecOps. They are moving beyond hope to strategy. They are choosing action over indifference. They are taking the first step of their journey.

We can help. Not be selling you a tool (though we do sell them). We’ll offer three free ways to start:

Picture this.

We all learn from others. We have now collected 20 DevSecOps reference architectures. They reveal the choices and priorities others have made ahead of you. Look at what they did. Choose to do something similar, or create your own path from a mix of their ideas. If your canvas is blank, use these to draw something.

Watch this.

The pioneers are the ones with the arrows in their backs. Another word for DevSecOps pioneers is practitioner. And many practitioners have navigated their journey successfully enough to share it. Over 15 practitioners shared the tale of their DevSecOps journey during All Day DevOps. Every session was recorded online. Every session is free. Start with this one from DJ Schleen at Aetna and then pick your next one.

Start there.

In a panel discussion I sat on yesterday as a prelude to DevSecOps Days at this year’s RSA conference, I heard some very practical advice (find the recording here). One of the other panelists, Stephanie Derdouri from Fannie Mae, advised our audience to start with one thing. Don’t pick a bunch of strategies and tactics. Just pick one painful, suboptimal, or annoying practice tied to security and improve that element within your DevOps practice. Pick only one. Start there.

Hope is not a strategy. Action is your only safe option. Take the first step.

Tags: devsecops, DevSecOps, Containers, Docker

Written by Derek Weeks

Derek serves as vice president and DevOps advocate at Sonatype and is the co-founder of All Day DevOps -- an online community of 65,000 IT professionals.