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DevSecOps covers a number of key capabilities that help businesses improve quality, efficiency, and time to market. It includes continuous integration, continuous delivery, infrastructure as code, and automated security/compliance as code. Ariel Partners experts include pioneers in the DevOps space who helped author some of the foundational open-source tools that gave rise to the entire DevOps movement. Our experts have real-world experience implementing DevSecOps using 100% on-premises technology, 100% cloud-based technology, or hybrid cloud/on-prem platforms. Ariel Partners DevSecOps training and consulting services bring practical real-life knowledge and experience to IT professionals at all levels to heighten their awareness and provide a clear roadmap to institutionalize DevSecOps in their own institution.

DevOps CI/CD
Continuous Integration

Continuous integration (CI) is the practice of merging all developers’ changes to a shared mainline code base many times per day, and immediately kicking off a process that builds the code and runs a series of tests to ensure that everything works well together and there are no regressions (recurrences of previous-fixed defects). CI servers can be configured to run many different kinds of tests automatically, ultimately including even intensive tests such as performance, stress, scalability, security, usability and accessibility tests. The CI process is often arranged as a “pipeline” of automated workflow steps, with steps proceeding in parallel where possible to ensure that the entire process completes quickly. Any failures are immediately routed back to the original developer who checked in the change. This rapid feedback enables teams to maintain high quality standards with much less overhead.

Continuous Delivery

Getting software released to users can be a painful, risky, and time-consuming process. Continuous Delivery (CD) can help large organizations become as lean, agile and innovative as startups. Through reliable, low-risk releases, continuous delivery makes it possible to continuously adapt software in line with user feedback, shifts in the market and changes to business strategy.

“Teams that practice DevOps deploy 30x more frequently, have 60x fewer failures, and recover 160x faster.”

Infrastructure as Code

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is the process of managing and provisioning computer data centers through machine-readable definition files, rather than physical hardware configuration or interactive configuration tools. The IT infrastructure managed by this comprises both physical equipment such as bare-metal servers as well as virtual machines and associated configuration resources. Managing all required technology infrastructure via automated scripts gives teams nearly instantaneous access to resources “just in time,” and saves money by decommissioning resources that are no longer needed. With IaC, painstaking, lengthy efforts troubleshooting configuration problems become a thing of the past– since problematic resources can simply be reclaimed and fresh new resources created to replace them at a moment’s notice.

Security Automation / Compliance as Code

The purpose and intent of DevSecOps is to build on the mindset that “everyone is responsible for security” with the goal of safely distributing security decisions at speed and scale to those who hold the highest level of context without sacrificing the safety required. The goal of DevSecOps is to bring individuals of all abilities to a high level of proficiency in security in a short period of time.

DevSecOps aims to move the organization to a better security posture. Each security flaw is carefully identified and is fixed one-at-a-time to close the most urgent security gaps. DevSecOps identifies the most vulnerable concerns ahead of time and identifies how to avoid or move away from these bad positions.

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