Trusted Delivery with GitOps and Policy as Code

March 29, 2022

Trusted Delivery - policy as code in GitOps pipelines - can boost developer velocity, proactively prevent cloud misconfigurations, and accelerate software delivery. Learn more about what Trusted Delivery is in our latest whitepaper, and how you can get started.

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GitOps: A Secure Operational Framework

In today’s competitive business landscape, operational excellence has become directly aligned with the ability to deliver software faster and more securely. And that’s why GitOps adoption is on the rise. An evolution of IaC and DevOps best practices, GitOps places Git at the heart of software delivery pipelines and greatly simplifies the development process. The Git-centric approach provides an auditable, secure, and regulatory compliant method to manage deployments, with an always-available audit trail.  

GitOps gives you control over changes and allows you to verify them from a single source:

  1. Config as Code
    Using Git to manage YAML files makes it simple to check if you’re meeting security requirements. With access policies declared in a config file, you know who has access to what – and can easily verify it in code.
  2. Changes are auditable
    Version control means that you always know what you shipped and you can roll back at any time. Your commit history is an audit trail of comments, reviews, and a history of decisions that were made to your repo.
  3. Production matches the desired state kept in Git
    A single source of truth, with a common workflow for both code and infrastructure changes coupled with automatic alerts on a drift from the desired state, increases reliability and removes the risk of human error.  A single set of tests, security scans, and permissions also helps ensure that changes are secure and reliable.

GitOps greatly enhances developers’ productivity while improving application stability, security, and compliance. Yet, this is not enough. According to a recent survey, customers are looking for a richer set of controls to prevent a wide range of illegitimate activities and maintain compliance. In a similar vein, the complex nature of the decentralized cloud infrastructure significantly increases the threat landscape and opens the door for cloud misconfigurations. All of this necessitates the need for automated security checks and controls and businesses can achieve that with Trusted Delivery. 

What is Trusted Delivery? 

Trusted Delivery is the process of enacting and enforcing security, compliance, and operational best practices or rules in the software delivery pipeline. These guardrails are in the form of codified policies in the software development lifecycle, enacted using policy as code. Company-and sector-mandated ‘playbooks’ and ‘recipes’ are codified and embedded into the CI/CD pipeline.

With automated and continuous security and compliance checks, automated deployments are now possible. Policy as code checks ensures that misconfigurations are automatically detected, notified, and deployments halted. 

In our latest white paper on Trusted Delivery with GitOps and Policy as code, we outline some of the risks associated with speedy deployments and the security challenges that cloud-native infrastructure presents. We then introduce Trusted Delivery - Policy as code in GitOps pipelines: what it is, why organizations should adopt it, and how to get started. 

Weave GitOps includes all the components you need to introduce Trusted Delivery to your applications:

  • GitOps continuous reconciliation
  • VS Code plugin
  • Policy as Code Open Policy Agent
  • Curated library of over 100 policies
  • Observability dashboards

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Whitepaper: Trusted Delivery with GitOps and Policy as Code

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