8 Ways to achieve Agile Security
According to the prediction made by Cybersecurity ventures, worldwide expenses on cybersecurity will top $1 trillion, between 2017 – 2021. The need for agile security is more important than ever for CIOs and CISOs in managing cybersecurity because of the barriers of cyber attacks on enterprises and new threat vectors within the networks due to the move to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or public cloud. And one must be definitely thankful to AWS and Azure. Because anybody can develop their own applications and obtain infrastructure by just subscribing to IaaS services. And that might be with or without the permission or assistance of an IT team.
It is undoubtedly happy news for the application owners who want agility and faster time to market. But it is surely challenging for security professionals who are tasked to protect assets in the cloud infrastructure environment.
AGILE SECURITY FOR IAAS
If you are using IaaS or planning to use it, then you should probably consider the following ways for better agile security within your organization.
- Standardize the core security principles.
Security should be the primary concern in the process of development. If any vulnerabilities arise, then the team can immediately act on it without any delay.
- Introduce a DevSecOps approach to security teams.
Ensure that rapid response teams are active 24*7 in order to move on with new projects and deploy new products and solutions. And the product security team should be directed to the same path as well.
- Adopt “API – driven security”.
You must establish a continuous integration methodology for the consistency of delivery and it removes the human element in the process completely.
- Create a rapid response security team.
A rapid response team for the company is highly recommended and appreciated. You must implement continuous measuring, testing and monitoring as an effort to enact the security at speed.
- Make safe use of public cloud.
Use cloud based services to create a modern, agile application development that your developers and IT departments need to innovate faster and more continuously. To reduce risks and cloud misconfiguration, best security practices based on Shared responsibility model.
- Deploy a code driven security infrastructure.
Code driven security allows you to the repeated and automated build and management of the security systems. Security should not have to be made from scratch again and again.
- Prioritise visibility and management.
End-to-end visibility allows you to have a small approach to manage the configuration of its open-source tools. It helps the security team to keep track of the deployment, usage and management of the cloud services.
- Adopt elasticity and automation.
Your tools must be able to monitor, detect and defend your workloads and also, to expand from deployment to operations according to your usage to ensure safety and security of the organisation.