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DevOps: How to Accelerate Fast IT without Sacrificing Security

DevOps: How to Accelerate Fast IT without Sacrificing Security

September 9, 2016 | Kevin Bocek

This week, the Var Guy published my article, Delivering on the Promise of DevOps: Learning to Build for ‘Fast and Easy’. Too often, DevOps teams are sacrificing security to deliver fast IT. But security can be built into your DevOps environments to make delivering IT services both fast and easy.   

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Earlier this year, Gartner research showed that 60 percent of organizations are using or will soon use DevOps. Businesses are adopting bimodal IT—relying both on traditional (slow) IT and newer methods that deliver faster time-to-market and continuous improvement of business technology.  DevOps, one of the most popular new philosophies, provides IT services quickly to support innovation and faster development of new features.

There is no doubt that DevOps accelerates the deployment and rapid evolution of business technology and delivers numerous advantages such as:

  • Faster response times address market changes or customer requirements more quickly. Companies that have embraced a DevOps methodology increased their speed to market by 20 percent.
  • Increased customer satisfaction through frequent product updates based on continuous feedback from users.
  • Better operational efficiency due to automation, resulting in more than 60 percent of organizations adopting DevOps approaches.

However, as with every new technology, the rewards do not come without risks. In fact, nearly 80 percent of CIOs are concerned that DevOps makes it more difficult to know what’s trusted and what’s not. In order to maximize the speed of delivery of these services, it’s not uncommon for DevOps teams to overlook security. This oversight can have costly consequences, including data breaches, application outages and failed audits.

Let’s look closely at one example of how DevOps is being challenged by today’s slow security processes…

Read about DevOps security challenges and best practices to overcome them in the full article.

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About the author

Kevin Bocek
Kevin Bocek

Kevin is Vice President of Security Strategy & Threat Intelligence at Venafi. He is recognized as a subject matter expert in threat detection, encryption, digital signatures, and key management, and has previously held positions at CipherCloud, PGP Corporation and Thales.

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