Data Management

Why Modern Data Management Needs DevSecOps

DevOps helped to bridge the gap between development and operations, merging these processes, DevSecOps takes it further to include security.


As a business, good data management is likely to be one of your top priorities. Getting to a stage where the data management strategies you put in place allow that to happen, however, can be easier said than done - particularly in the often overlooked area of software development. 

No matter the goals and objectives your DevOps team might have, whether it’s software or application development, agile data extraction and deployment are becoming increasingly vital to the successful launch of DevOps projects. A glitch in the data matrix can be the difference between meeting launch deadlines and missing them. 

While database management and DevOps have traditionally existed in two separate development spheres, data management alone is no longer enough to protect and enhance business data. Good data management needs DevSecOps.   

The Freedom - and Limitations - of DevOps

DevOps hasn’t always been the reigning software development process. It developed in response to the increasing need for greater collaboration and cooperation between development and operations teams, allowing applications and features to be released more quickly and with fewer post-launch technical snags.

While DevOps is undoubtedly the winning formula for marrying speed and accuracy in software and app development, a corresponding has developed to ensure relative databases are included within the development process to minimise production bottlenecks and make the process as seamless as possible. 

This is backed up by findings in the 2019 Database DevOps Survey released by Redgate, which found that 77% of application developers and engineers are also responsible for database development.

But, while DevOps has speed and accuracy in its arsenal, the increased pace of development it enables leaves back-end database systems unable to keep up with DevOps pipelines. 

On top of this, the speed at which software development can take place can also leave data and database systems either vulnerable or overly secure to the point that they can’t be harnessed practically. 

This emerging need to protect and incorporate data within DevOps pipelines has led to the adoption of DevSecOps.  

The Rise of DevSecOps

Given that DevOps evolved from the need to reduce lead times on software development, it’s fitting that this need would eventually outgrow and surpass the capabilities of DevOps. 

Where DevOps helped to bridge the gap between development and operations, merging these processes, DevSecOps takes it a necessary step further to include security processes as well.

In the past, security used to be reviewed, vetted and certified only at the end of long development cycles, with reviews and suggestions implemented in the post-development phase, effectively stagnating and extending the development pipeline. 

DevSecOps, much like DevOps, eliminates this independent, siloed procedure by incorporating security into the ongoing development process, consistently reviewing and evaluating development processes in line with security best practices.

Database architecture and security are essential parts of DevSecOps. In the same way that back-end databases need to be included within DevSecOps, the principles of DevSecOps also need to be applied to databases to ensure they’re consistently reviewed and updated in line with development requirements. 

Conclusion 

Data is the one component within the technology stack that can’t be easily undone or amended once a specific path has been chosen for an application’s data architecture. 

Because of this, it’s necessary to choose the right data path during the development process instead of at a later stage which could impact the application’s launch or performance. 

DevSecOps actions the early collaboration between developers, ops teams and all relative IT heads, including database administrators. This approach improves the outcomes not only for software development but for efficient and agile data management.  

At EWX, we’re proficient in delivering considered data management solutions backed by robust DevOps and DevSecOps thinking and processes.

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