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How Development Data Security Operations Can Benefit Businesses

By Swapnil Mishra - September 14, 2022 4 Mins Read


Organizations that are anxious to keep up with the latest evolution in enterprise tech, need to add development data security operations (DevDataSecOps) to the list of need-to-know.

Organizations are increasingly required to transition to a DevDataSecOps model, which includes the essential elements of the devops model as well as the crucial security and data decisions that influence operation and development decisions. DevDataSecOps approaches have significant advantages that data-first enterprises can no longer ignore, even though they initially seem uncomfortable and present challenges.

DevDataSecOps expands on the terms DevOps and DataOps, which are frequently used. Although the phrase is still not widely used, data practices at many firms indicate it will be in the near future.

What’s the big deal about DevDataSecOps

A solid basis for the data architecture must be established upfront in order for a business to effectively use data. Businesses cannot develop modern apps that deliver the intended user experience with a historical approach to data as they adapt to suit the needs of distributed workers, partners, and customers. Data must be spread for distributed consumers. Trying to modify the data layer after developing an application slows down time to value and reduces developer productivity. Security can no longer be an afterthought while working in contemporary workplaces where being highly secure from the beginning is crucial. The same is true for security: how an application is designed, as well as the experiences and capabilities that can be anticipated, depend on its data architecture.

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Data and security architectures are acknowledged as important components of creating and deploying services by embracing DevDataSecOps approaches rather than as “specialist” or “expert” aspects. In order to ensure the main goals of the service can be achieved, this helps teams to identify important requirements and intelligently make comprehensive design decisions throughout planning phases.

As a result of significant re-architectures, IT departments see fewer surprises and roadblocks when developing and releasing new functionalities.

Benefits of a DevDataSecOps strategy

DevDataSecOps would allow businesses to create connections between data architects and information security teams in a manner similar to how devops brought developer skills and insights to operations teams.

The end result should increase the likelihood that an initiative will achieve all of its objectives by setting agreed objectives for the creation of new services or capabilities and by defining natural periods for when and why the teams should engage. By giving the developer teams all the requirements up front and reducing the amount of significant rework required later in the process, the end-to-end strategy should boost their efficiency.

When done right, some key gains to be realized are:

  • Faster time to value by taking a small hit upfront but greatly reducing the chance of major delays later on in the project.
  • By keeping an eye on value-added activities and making sure the appropriate data and security architectures are employed to reduce needless churn and work, you can increase developer productivity.
  • Reduced risk since the fundamental requirements for data and security are set as a basic component of each project rather than an add-on idea where it becomes more difficult to guarantee full compliance or properly handle all needs.

Cultural change will be an obstacle

Despite these potential benefits, implementing a DevDataSecOps strategy has its share of difficulties. Making the cultural change and educating teams to have an integrated, end-to-end approach will be the main challenges with the adoption of DevDataSecOps. As new procedures are established and more voices are included in the early design phases, there may initially be some inefficiencies; however, as time passes, the larger organization will have a better understanding of the overall key requirements and needs, enabling better decisions and approaches to be proposed right away.

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In order to develop the necessary skill set and set up the correct procedures for analyzing data and security needs, the majority of IT teams, especially those at larger firms, would also need to collaborate with other outside teams.

Even if they are unaware of it, many top firms have already started down the road of adopting DevDataSecOps. The truth is that many forward-thinking organizations that heavily rely on data to power their business, such as large financial institutions and retailers, are already prioritizing their data and security architectures as fundamental parts of their business, despite the fact that the term “DevDataSecOps” is not yet widely accepted.

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Swapnil Mishra

Swapnil Mishra is a global news correspondent at OnDot Media, with over six years of experience in the field. Swapnil has established herself as a trusted voice in the industry, specializing in technology journalism encompassing enterprise tech. Having collaborated with various media outlets, she has honed her skills in writing about executive leadership, business strategy, industry insights, business technology, supply chain management, blockchain and data management. As a journalism graduate, Swapnil possesses a keen eye for editorial detail and a mastery of language, enabling her to deliver compelling and informative news stories. She has a keen eye for detail and a knack for breaking down complex technical concepts into easy-to-understand language.

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