Security by design, integral security

94% of businesses of all sizes are in the cloud. More and more companies are putting their infrastructure, data, and applications in the cloud and relying on the industry-leading cloud capabilities provided by AWS for reliability, availability, and cost-effectiveness. But they also rely on modern security solutions. The security risks businesses face are multifaceted and cyberattacks are becoming more frequent and complex.

DevOps as a culture for SecOps too

With this evolution of the market, managed service providers (MSPs) have also had to evolve. The service provided was now about business efficiency, business expansion and growth, and not just about reducing costs and menial effort. MSPs will continue to ensure patch and change management tools are in place, but they need to think bigger and be true partners in their customers’ entire business process.

In other words, next-generation MSPs must be able to deliver higher business value to their customers by supporting and building fully automated computing environments to seamlessly integrate new infrastructure, software, and applications. with almost no human intervention – the DevOps culture.

In cybersecurity, that means SecOps. For cloud security to be as agile as possible, companies need to integrate their technology and business with automation and healthy cross-organizational communications. SecOps as a methodology addresses security considerations from planning to development to delivery by automating security tasks while increasing accountability, visibility, and responsiveness.

Every business should address security, through policies, procedures and practical steps. SecOps is the practical process by which your company’s security posture is strengthened at all levels and becomes a shared responsibility. Automated processes that simplify and standardize security operations merged with tools like APIs allow your developers and IT engineers to work collaboratively and quickly. Essentially, this enables CI/CD, without having to wait for approval from your security team every step of the way. Of course, this notion of built-in security at every stage of the development cycle means more and faster patches, creating safer and more stable code.

In short, adopting SecOps as a model for your organization will improve your security posture and reduce the risk of data breaches while improving productivity and efficiency through advanced automation and shared responsibility.

SecOps as a Service

Adopting a culture is one thing, implementing it is another. With the growing number and types of threats, adopting the DevOps culture is not an easy task for any business. For example, penetration testing and firewall management require different talents. In addition, 24/7 monitoring leads to additional personnel costs, which must be trained in the appropriate technologies. Additionally, the continuous learning required to keep up with changes results in additional personnel costs and additional reimbursements, which will cause your costs to continually increase as threats continue to loom.

SecOps as a Service, delivered by next-gen MSPs, enables your organization to achieve faster remediation and reduced risk with flexible and scalable policies. They provide visibility and create vulnerability management strategies in accordance with service level agreements (SLAs). With highly trained staff, they keep abreast of the latest developments. Next-gen MSPs can afford to have experts in a wide variety of expertise, and because they monitor multiple clients simultaneously, they host network operations centers (NOCs) and security operations centers (SOC) that protect their customers’ data. and 24-hour applications.

Since security is a crucial part of well-designed cloud solutions, SecOps will use the most advanced and efficient tools on the market, such as AWS CloudFormation templates. They will combine these tools with proper setup, integration, and maintenance through which users can access your systems, such as AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), AWS Key Management Services (KMS), and AWS CloudTrail.

To sum up, the best way to stay secure in the cloud is to embrace the DevOps culture in this aspect as well. And a comprehensive next-gen MSP can provide you with SecOps tailored to your needs, to ensure your assets, applications, and infrastructure are properly protected.

Written by Dima Tatur, Head of Cybersecurity Department at Commit

Abdul J. Gaspar