Shifting Security Left with GitOps and Trusted Delivery
What does it mean to shift security left in GitOps pipeline and how can you do so with policy as code? Let’s find out.
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The cloud-native ecosystem has steadily grown over the past decade with the promise of faster deployments, cost-efficient infrastructure, and auto-scalability spurring its growth. Businesses are now developing and deploying easily scalable, cost-efficient, and more resilient applications, thus delivering innovative solutions faster and more efficiently.
According to a McKinsey report, companies that have adopted cloud platforms have reported that they can bring new capabilities to market about 20 to 40 percent faster.
Yet the more frequent deployments present a problem: smaller windows of opportunity to find and fix security vulnerabilities. The number one security concern in containerized environments is misconfigurations/exposures, according to a recent report by Redhat.
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The Shift-Left Paradigm and Why it Matters
And that’s why more and more organizations are shifting left: instilling security measures early in the development lifecycle and adopting a security-first mindset. Integrating security into CI/CD pipeline brings significant long-term benefits, including mitigating risk, reducing human error, and accelerating development. However, often developers omit to include security into the development processes that support application production. One proven way to shift left is to programmatically enforce security best practices through policy as code.
The shift-left paradigm - instilling security measures early in the development lifecycle - has been around for two decades yet it’s only recently that the practice started to gain hold. The growing threat landscape, the rise of costly data breaches, and the decentralized nature of the cloud-native system have necessitated the need for all organizations to shift left.
In our latest whitepaper, we will deep dive into what it means to shift security left and how organizations can do so using policy as code. We will also explore how you can embed security into your GitOps pipelines with policy as code. Finally, we outline a list of Kubernetes use cases which can be turned into codified policies.
Weave GitOps, a full-stack GitOps platform, provides an enterprise-grade policy and compliance engine with our Trusted Application Delivery capability. Businesses can enforce security and compliance best practices using policy as code. Request a Demo to learn more.