Continuous Security Defined and Explained: A Leader’s Guide

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The cybersecurity landscape is more dangerous than ever, with cyberattacks increasing at an alarming rate. In fact, research indicates that almost all cyberattack category increased in volume last year. And as we pointed out in a recent webinar, data breaches affected about 281 million people last year alone.

Thus, many DevOps teams incorporate ongoing security strategies to cover their attack surfaces and protect their software and infrastructure from intruders. Read on to learn what continuous security means and the benefits it offers teams like yours.

What is Continuous Security in DevOps?

Ultimately, there is no single standard definition for continuous security; definitions may vary across companies and environments. But through a DevOps or DevSecOps lens, continuous security refers to an end-to-end security strategy that spans the entire development and production spectrum.

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It is important to realize that continuous security in software engineering is a bit different from continuous security monitoring software. Although DevOps continuous security incorporates monitoring (more on this below), it encompasses a much wider range of roles, functions, and technologies. Continuous security monitoring is a strategy while security monitoring is an individual component or tool that companies deploy.

Why do you use continuous security?

DevOps teams use continuous security to strengthen software deliveries, deployments, and production. Here are some of the top reasons teams should consider deploying continuous security.

Maintain proactive security

Companies often experience cybersecurity incidents and data breaches because they fail to notice small vulnerabilities and weaknesses in development and production.

Continuous security helps uncover vulnerabilities before cybercriminals discover and exploit them. In other words, it prevents small problems from turning into bigger threats. At the same time, detecting issues earlier in the software development life cycle (SDLC) reduces the cost of security and remediation.

Closing security gaps

Many companies have silos between development and operations teams. And silos lead to security errors and overlaps that cybercriminals can exploit.

Continuous security helps discover and close these gaps, resulting in greater unification and protection throughout the software delivery lifecycle. This strategy improves communication and collaboration and creates a single unified security strategy with end-to-end visibility.

Enable continuous improvement

With the rapid evolution of cybercrime, it is important that security teams also learn and adapt their strategy.

A continuous security strategy ultimately provides engineering teams with the information they need to identify weaknesses and strengthen their security posture. This contributes to continuous improvement and the creation of a culture of safety and innovation.

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