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Continuous testing throughout the development process
We wanted a plug and play solution that enables continuous testing throughout the development process. Especially for me, it was important that the developers quickly implement the tool and, in return, deliver resilient results that can be trusted.
Nis Carstensen, CTO & Head of Development bei Netfonds
To introduce continuous security topics, we start with one of the core principles: “continuous delivery.” This topic covers some general terms and definitions around DevOps and agile development. A continuous delivery process enables teams to take developed code and publish it automatically in a production environment. This process typically includes various tests and is the core enabler for automating and standardizing software development security tests.
If you have never heard of DevOps or the term “continuous security,” we recommend starting with our basic FAQ on all topics around DevOps. We introduce the general case, why DevOps is implemented into software development teams, and its benefits. We also cover some essential technologies that drive the success of DevOps and agile development. Plus, you’ll get references for further readings.
To understand the real-life benefits of a continuous delivery workflow, read our blog post, “Why Continuous Delivery is Important.” We share a user’s story from a friendly startup trying to implement text changes in their software. The user understood Heroku, Bitbucket, and the basics of code repository workflows quite quickly. Unfortunately, the changes could not be checked without the agency due to the lack of continuous delivery processes.
Our final content on continuous delivery goes into more detail and addresses the cybersecurity angle in much more detail. If you are interested in the bits and bytes of secure DevOps Processes and red teaming, read our blog on “Why should cybersecurity care about DevOps?”. This article discusses the implications of security teams when it comes to DevOps and continuous delivery. We dive deeper into two concrete elements that cybersecurity should address: security champions and standardization through tools. Even as an experienced pentester or developer, you will learn something new.
Containers create a virtual layer between the infrastructure and the code on top of it. This helps developers always have the same conditions – development, testing, or production environments. Containers can be configured to include specific networks, compute, storage resources, and operating systems and software installations. While virtualizing the infrastructure and base-layer software makes it easier for developers, it is also a security concern.
We have prepared a guide that covers the best practices for container security. These best practices cover learnings we have incorporated ourselves and are a great starting point for any startup or larger organization when setting up the initial architecture. We cover the container security (i.e., Docker) in technical deep-dives and go into the orchestration layer (Kubernetes). Read the cybersecurity startup best practices for container security.
We have two specific how-to articles around containers for everybody a little more advanced:
- “Collect Kubernetes Logs on Docker for Mac” gives you a neat workaround for collecting logs with a bash script. This works great on your local cluster when using the built-in Kubernetes functionality on Docker for Mac.
- We have a solution for all Terraform, Kubernetes, and Vault users if you run into a “resource does not have attribute” error. We have a short script for you to automatically create a Kubernetes service account and use the JWT token to provision Vault in the cluster.
Tools and integrations
Now that we covered the basics of continuous delivery and technical aspects, we can start with the advanced integrations and tools integrated into DevOps workflows. We will specifically cover tools to enable security tests. Below is an overview of the different tools you can use in a DevOps environment.
First, we have an article that will help you understand the deeper aspects of DevOps by providing further helpful resources. The materials cover culture, the first hands-on app development experience, end-to-end workflow mapping, automation, and KPI topics.
We have a 30-minute tutorial on building your own DevSecOps pipeline for you. This tutorial will walk you step-by-step through setting up an app in Heroku, creating a simple CI/CD workflow with CircleCI, and integrating two tools: A SAST test (Python safety check) and a DAST test (Crashtest Security). You will also learn about basic GitHub push/pull/commit functionality.