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What security practices does DevSecOps integrate into the DevOps pipeline?

DevSecOps integrates security practices into the DevOps pipeline at each stage:

Plan Phase

In the plan phase, DevSecOps teams perform:

  • Security analysis to identify risks and threats
  • Security planning to outline how and when security testing will occur
  • Threat modeling to identify potential vulnerabilities

Tools like IriusRisk can help with the planning process.

Build Phase

During the build phase, DevSecOps performs:

  • Component analysis to check for vulnerabilities in dependencies
  • Static application security testing (SAST) to analyze code for flaws
  • Dependency checking tools like Snyk to identify vulnerabilities in dependencies

Code Phase

In the code phase, DevSecOps focuses on:

  • Static code analysis to find bugs and vulnerabilities
  • Code reviews to improve code quality from a security standpoint
  • Pre-commit hooks to automatically run security tests on new code

Tools like Gerrit and Phabricator integrate with the development workflow.

Test Phase

Testing includes:

  • Dynamic application security testing (DAST) to analyze running applications
  • Fuzz testing to identify edge case issues
  • Penetration testing to find exploits

Tools like ZAP, Arachni, and AppScan are used for security testing.

Release Phase

The release phase focuses on:

  • Principle of least privilege to restrict access
  • Configuration management to audit and lock down infrastructure
  • Hardening guides from NIST, CIS Benchmarks, etc.


At runtime, DevSecOps uses:

  • Runtime application self-protection (RASP) tools to block attacks
  • Penetration testing and bug bounty programs
  • Security monitoring and analytics

In summary, DevSecOps takes a holistic approach by integrating security practices and tools into every stage of the development pipeline from planning to runtime. This helps build more secure systems from the ground up.

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