DevOps: Where?s all the security talent?

Colin Domoney, Consultant Solution Architect at Veracode, discusses the skills gap in DevOps

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This is a contributed piece by Colin Domoney, Consultant Solution Architect at Veracode

Digital transformation has completely changed how businesses consume applications and software. Businesses are increasingly looking to technology to drive greater efficiencies and create new revenue streams, with Gartner predicting that the enterprise software spend will increase to $351 billion this year.

As a result of this exponential growth, DevOps has emerged to dramatically transform the way companies build, test and deploy applications today.

But while it has revolutionised the production-to-market cycle, the rise in cybercrime over the last five years has made security a critical business concern. WannaCry and NotPetya are perfect examples of where ransomware attacks have crippled organisations for days, if not weeks. Collectively these attacks have cost more than $5 billion in business losses, with consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser amongst the hardest hit.

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That’s why DevSecOps is starting to grow in popularity. In practice, it’s a process of integrating security into development and testing software earlier in the lifecycle as a means to achieve faster, higher quality outcomes that are both innovative and secure. The unfortunate reality is that currently many organisations are leaving themselves vulnerable to malware injections or data breaches, because their developer and IT teams don’t have the knowledge or skills to roll out new applications or updates vulnerability-free.

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