8 Essential DevSecOps Security Tools

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Data security has always been an important consideration. The importance of secure applications and updates, however, has only continued to grow in importance. This is evidenced by recent advice from the White House on proper data security measures that should be taken to avoid breaches and data loss events.

DevSecOps security tools are an essential aspect of properly securing your Salesforce environment and producing applications and updates that support your data security strategy.

T7 Essential DevSecOps Security Tools_CodeScanraditionally, security considerations weren’t addressed until the last stages of the development pipeline. And while this is better than nothing, there are new tactics and strategies that improve upon these traditional approaches. DevSecOps includes data security considerations throughout the dev pipeline from the very early stages all the way to the end.

DevSecOps security tools support this effort. These tools will also provide other benefits such as speeding along development processes by automating previously time-consuming, manual tasks. However, perhaps the greatest benefit of utilizing DevSecOps security tools is fortifying your data security strategy and working to avoid costly interruptions in service.

1. Continuous Integration

Applications and updates can grow very large, often including thousands upon thousands of lines of code. Incorporating the efforts of multiple developers is an essential way to delegate various aspects of the software development process and increase time to market. Each developer works on their own section of the project until they are all combined to create the product as a whole.

Continuous integration is an automated process to incorporate the work of multiple developers into a single software release.

Multi-developer teams often run into problems such as code overwrites and incompatible code. The resulting errors can result in data security vulnerabilities which is why DevSecOps security tools like continuous integration are essential to an optimized pipeline.

2. Continuous Delivery/Deployment

Integrating the code written by multiple developers is only the first step in ensuring proper functionality of a new update to avoid creating data security vulnerabilities. These features, configurations, and bug fixes must also be tested to make sure they don’t have a negative impact.

Continuous delivery and continuous deployment refer to the process of getting all types of changes into production.

Both continuous delivery and deployment involve testing code integrations for proper functionality. However, there is a key difference—continuous delivery requires a manual approval before deployment into production while continuous deployment does not.

3. Static Code Analysis

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Code health is important to many aspects of an update or application. Static code analysis is considered a DevSecOps security tool because poor code quality or existing technical debt can create backdoors that can be exploited for cybercriminals. It can also create errors that lead to data loss events.

Static code analysis provides total visibility into code health from the moment it’s written all the way through production.

Failing to address code quality issues leaves you susceptible to failed deployments, data security threats, and buggy releases. Even the most talented developers are prone to mistakes. This automated tool ensures nothing slips between the cracks.

4. Dashboards and Reports

You’re never going to be able to fix a problem if you don’t know it exists. The ability to analyze your Salesforce environment ensures you have a clear understanding of who is using your platform, how your data is used, and potential vulnerabilities.

Various DevSecOps security tools like automated release management provide dashboards and reports on essential factors such as code health, identifiers for code changes, and access logs.

Information is power in Salesforce DevSecOps. The insights gained from these reports will not only provide a realistic snapshot of your current state but will also provide the ability to make well-informed decisions moving forward.

5. Data Backup

DevSecOps security tools aren’t all directed at preventing data loss events or breaches. We must also prepare for worst-case scenarios to occur. There are simply too many potential sources of data loss to be completely confident in our ability to guard against them.

A Salesforce data backup tool can be set to take recurring snapshots to ensure a recent backup repository can be used to get back online after a data loss event.

A strong data backup assists with data security regulations and can help a company return to operations much faster than if they didn’t have a current backup. It’s a time saver and a money saver.

6. Data Recovery

7 Essential DevSecOps Security Tools_CodeScanAs important as a data backup tool is, it’s only half of the equation for returning to operations after a data loss event or breach. You also need the ability to move that backed up data from storage into your live environment. This is where data recovery comes in.

Quickly restoring your system to operations can save your company money from lost time and reduce the redundant work needed to keep your system current.

Data recovery can be customized to your needs with various settings such as recovery time objective and recovery point objective.

7. Flexible Hosting

This DevSecOps security tool might not seem like a tool at all, but it is an important consideration that will have a drastic effect on the success of your data security strategy. How you host your platform will have a huge impact on the amount of control you have on data security.

Self-hosting your Salesforce environment provides the ultimate level of data security when compared to cloud hosting.

Protecting your development pipeline needs to be a major concern, especially if you work in a regulated industry. DevSecOps security tools will go a long way to maintain high levels of data security, but they will need to be used correctly by every team member to ensure proper coverage.

8. Policy Scanner

When was the last time you checked the permissions settings for all of your employees? What systems do you have in place to verify you are adhering to all government data security regulations?
 
Manually verifying all of these factors would be incredibly time consuming. A Salesforce policy scanner automates these checks to ensure 100% adherence to internal rules and requirements.
 
Proper permissions sets and verification of adherence to internal rules greatly reduces the chances of experiencing a data loss event as a result of a costly mistake. Automating these processes ensures total coverage.

FAQs

DevSecOps injects a focus on data security into every stage of the development pipeline, from planning all the way through production, which reduces the chances of security breaches and data loss.

The processes of continuous delivery and continuous deployment are the same up until deployment to production—continuous delivery requires manual approval to release the project while continuous deployment skips the approval step and automatically deploys the update.

Cybercrime is expected to cost companies $6 trillion in 2022 which will continue to rise in the future. An insistence on strong data security measures is the best way to avoid costly breaches.

Develop high quality, secure code!

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