Integrating DevSecOps has proven to be a great investment for enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation journey. However, many still struggle to effectively leverage it, which is resulting in waste in investment and resources.
Digital transformation has become a crucial aspect for enterprises to survive and potentially thrive in today’s business environment. To accelerate and accomplish their initiatives, most have adopted DevSecOps in their infrastructure. Furthermore, it can also enable them to deliver value at a faster pace, gain a competitive advantage, lower the cost of security remediation and much more. Yet, according to experts, many enterprises are failing at their DevSecOps initiatives, even though this can be avoided. Below are the most common DevSecOps efforts that IT leaders are making:
Not succeeding in establishing a learning culture
According to a McKinsey annual IT strategy Survey 2021, talent and cultural issues pose a great challenge to technology implementation including DevSecOps. Hence, enterprises must facilitate daily learning, reserve time for organizational learning and improvement and make concentrated investments in up skilling their workforce. By embracing a culture where the culture of continuous learning and experimentation thrive, organizations will be successful in their DevSecOps.
Overlooking cross-functional education
Often an enterprise’s IT development and security teams are at odds with each other. They should build on the need of continuous learning, cross-functional education and pursue it as part of a broader imperative to break down silos. IT leaders should encourage their respective teams to understand the basics of their counterpart teams. It will enable the developer and security team to understand each other’s challenges. Additionally, this will also ease the tension and foster collaboration.
Not actively communicating business value
Any initiative that is taken by IT, including DevSecOps should be centered on business objectives and goals. DevSecOps is a transformational journey that requires buy-in and engagement from critical stakeholders across the enterprise. Hence, leadership should clearly understand the ‘why’ of pursuing DevSecOps and must communicate its value using necessary metrics that are accessible, available and related to business goals. It can also help the IT leaders to strengthen their relationship with stakeholders and can act as a stepping stone for future initiatives.
Inability to take calculated risks
IT leaders should embrace the culture of continuous learning and improvement and should provide room for failure to their teams. If they are not allowed to make mistakes, learn lessons and work on correcting failures, the probability of them successfully adopting DevSecOps are very less. Enterprises should strive to create an environment that is built on transparency, safety and trust. Another best way to take calculated risks is by finding better ways to implement security with as little friction as possible. Security teams can integrate with developer workflows, embed security subject matter experts with development teams and establish security champions among development.
The acceleration of digital transformation and innovation propel the growth of the cloud-native landscape. This advancement provides a vast and rich selection of tools and applications that helps to facilitate DevSecOps goals. On the flip side, this sudden increase in solutions creates a disjointed and complex environment, creating challenges of visibility and productivity due to tool chain sprawl.
Therefore, organizations should seek better tool chain management options to effectively handle the sprawl and the associated inefficiencies that it is causing.