Raytheon Company is partnering with Red Hat to drive the adoption of DevSecOps workflows and processes it developed around the OpenShift application development and deployment platform.
Jon Check, senior director for cyber protection solutions for Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, said Raytheon has developed a set of DevSecOps practices for organizations building applications deployed in highly secure environments, involving government contracts.
Raytheon and these customers have been challenged by a chronic shortage of IT professionals with the appropriate level of clearance to work on these classified projects. To overcome that issue, Check said Raytheon developed what it describes as a “code low, deploy high” approach to DevSecOps. Developers who lack security clearances can still build applications; however, those applications can only be deployed by IT professionals having the appropriate security clearance.
In addition, Check said Raytheon has developed integrations between its DevSecOps framework and various IT tools based on the ITIL framework, which so many IT operations teams depend on to foster collaboration across the application development and deployment process. For example, he said, whenever code gets checked into a repository, an alert can be sent to an IT service management application from ServiceNow.
That approach enables organizations to build applications quickly without compromising the integrity of the deployment platform, Check noted. Now Raytheon is working with Red Hat to drive adoption of its approach to DevOps to organizations beyond the core vertical industry and government sectors it serves.
Check said Raytheon chose to work with Red Hat because organizations are now building applications employing microservices based on containers that they want to be able to deploy on any cloud computing environment. Those environments include edge computing platforms to process data in near real-time closer to the point where data is collected.
In addition, Check noted Red Hat OpenShift is built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), the first operating system to achieve Common Criteria certification with Linux Container Framework Support. Red Hat also assumes responsibility for curating the underlying open source operating system and application deployment platform.
In general, Check noted that while there’s a lot of interest in deploying code faster these days, the deployment of insecure applications is counterproductive. Organizations too often find themselves rolling back application deployments to deal with one cybersecurity issue or another. By separating application development and deployment, Raytheon is making the case for a DevSecOps approach that enables more secure application code to be deployed faster, he said.
Each organization will have to determine what rate of application deployment is fast enough for them. The more sensitive the application is, the more an organization is likely to want to be more deliberate when it comes time to deploy and update an application. However, the need to be deliberate doesn’t necessarily mean organizations should continue to rely on legacy approaches to application development and deployment based on waterfall methodologies.