Many organizations have since turned to DevOps as part of their ongoing digital transformations. This process is not the same for two companies. Indeed, organizations have embraced DevOps in their own place and they have invested different levels of time and budget in their budding implementations.
Such a variety has shaped the DevOps maturity of organizations in terms of their strategy and current capabilities. An example of this is that more than 15 percent of respondents in IDC's Application Services Survey said that their organization is currently refining and standardizing DevOps capabilities within IT and some Line of Business units (LOB). In contrast, 10 percent of the survey participants said that their organization regularly refines its DevOps strategy and capabilities, as it applies to all IT and LOB assets.
These findings, educational in themselves, raise an important question: what exactly is the maturity of DevOps? In this message we will discuss this topic in detail. We also spend some time thinking about how DevOps maturity synchronizes with DevOps security.
Clarification of DevOps Maturity
The term "DevOps maturity" refers to how many organizations have completed and how much they have yet to reach in their DevOps journey. According to CA Technologies, organizations can use four areas to measure their level of DevOps maturity. These are as follows:
- Culture and strategy: DevOps is a cultural shift because it removes boundaries and brings development and operational teams together. Such a transition requires careful planning to be successful in the long term.
- Automation: Automation unites tools in such a way that teams can share them. For example, in DevOps, automation makes continuous delivery and continuous deployment possible. It also allows teams to be creative and does not waste their time working on various repeatable tasks.
- Structure and processes: The modern company has processes for everything from incident response systems to communication tools. It is therefore no wonder that processes are strongly included in DevOps.
- Collaboration and sharing: Employees can be spread all over the world, but they must still be able to work side by side to support a DevOps culture. This collaboration requires that employees coordinate their resources and resources.
These factors work together in every phase of DevOps maturity. In general, organizations are probably in one of the four phases. Forbes works out these phases:
- Unconscious incompetence: Organizations in this phase do not understand what DevOps is and therefore do not understand the business benefits. As such, none of the factors is present in this specific manifestation.
- Conscious incompetence: Within 12 to 18 months after starting their DevOps journey, organizations usually use many of the DevOps automation components to try to automate their processes. That being said, teams generally still do a lot of this work in silos. There is little or no cooperation and the sharing of resources is involved.
- Conscious competence: Within four years after their DevOps journey, organizations have successfully done everything they want with automation. They then begin to focus on improving collaboration between all platforms and building a platform that can streamline the sharing of resources and resources between developers and operational teams.
- Unconscious competence: Organizations have created a robust DevOps culture that supports in-depth collaboration between teams using a formalized structure and concrete processes for sharing tools and resources.
The link to DevOps security
The level of DevOps maturity is directly related to the competitive advantage of an organization to release better software faster. As organizations become more DevOps mature, this percentage of digital innovation increases. That is, until these software deliveries crash into bolted security measures, protective considerations that almost always delay the implementation chain.
DevOps maturity inevitably forces organizations to reconsider their security practices. This step involves moving security to the DevOps domain so that it comes closer to the application itself. Typically, DevOps teams work with mature organizations with security personnel to build security in earlier parts of the software development life cycle. They can even use containers to provide continuous security solutions and to limit the amount of resources that can be attacked by malicious attackers by a single attack.
Such cooperation is essential for realizing the safety benefits of DevOps maturity. As Dark Reading notes in a blog post:
Security and DevOps teams can work together to protect the infrastructure. Security team members do not need to fully understand all development tools – they can focus on sharing the security principles and policies that apply to the new dev tools. DevOps and security can learn to work together in new ways and speak each other's language if they implement a container security platform that integrates native DevOps tooling.
Achieving this level of collaboration is not easy as standard. In an article for the State of Security, Gurpreet Sachdeva explains how organizations should find a way to integrate security into the DevOps life cycle without impeding speed and agility. They should also help to reconcile the conflicting goals of development, which wants software to be released as quickly as possible, and security, which wants to address all vulnerabilities, in the name of effective communication.
How should organizations navigate through these challenges?
The answer lies in Tripwire & # 39; s eBook, "Driving DevOps Security: Scalable Cyber Security Best Practices for Scalable Terms." This resource gives organizations everything they need to know to be successful in their respective DevOps journey. It starts with identifying the key factors that organizations need to begin their transition. Then it's about how organizations can apply basic security controls and important DevOps tools to make their journey as smooth as possible. Against this background, the publication also spends some time discussing how organizations can make continuous improvements to their DevOps culture.
Read more about how security and DevOps maturity go hand in hand by downloading your copy of this eBook here.