A successful DevSecOps approach is rooted in action, not hope.
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.
Here are three ways to start your journey:
We all learn from others. Here is a collection of 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.
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. More than 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.
In a panel discussion I sat on recently 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.