Ever-evolving customer demands, user expectations, regulatory changes and market opportunities – they’ve all generated a need for greater organizational flexibility. To meet these fluctuating demands quickly, a majority of companies have already adopted Agile or DevOps methodologies to help them keep pace.
But in their wake is a wave of security risks – a virtual Pandora’s Box of opportunities for hackers to leverage weaknesses. And IT professionals are raising the alarm.
In fact, in The 2022 Forrester’s Modern Technology Operations Survey in which nearly 800 digital and IT professionals were asked about the biggest challenges of adopting Agile and DevOps, the following issues rose to the top:
- Security, risk and governance
- Lack of skills
- Financial and/or accounting concerns
- Difficulties in executing enterprise-wide change
But the biggest concern by far of more than a quarter of respondents: security. To hear more about these concerns, take a look at this webinar in which Forrester Senior Analyst Janet Worthington elaborates on security and risk trends.
The Need for Speed
Unfinished projects are a nightmare and a waste of development time and resources. In order to avoid such pitfalls, agile allows developers to refine the plan as they go, quickly.
Let’s take Saleforce as an example. In 2006, the switch was made from a waterfall approach to an agile approach in development to improve productivity, and the payoff was noteworthy. In fact, the majority of releases were completed 60 percent faster. The switch to agile made it easier to push out quick and regular updates.
Salesforce agile development means deploying features frequently – on a daily or weekly timeframe – versus a bulk deployment every couple of months, for instance. While this approach can speed up development and meet business objectives faster, it can also introduce security loopholes that must be carefully and proactively managed.
Searing headlines of late tell a harrowing tale of data breaches and exposure of personal information from the likes of SolarWinds and Microsoft. With millions of records being exposed, the ante has certainly been upped in terms of a renewed focus on security, and organizations must take steps to protect themselves as well as their customers.
Enabling Salesforce DevSecOps Success
When we talk about DevOps, it’s really about assembling the people, processes and tools for development and operations. But what’s often not taken into account is security. Oftentimes, security is siloed away, when in reality breaking down such siloes is key to keeping security risks at bay.
Now, let’s talk DevSecOps, which places security in the midst of the process. Saleforce DevSecOps really means two things:
- Creating a framework where all the people whose roles involve developing, maintaining and protecting the business’s Salesforce environments can work together seamlessly, enhancing security as a result.
- Ensuring admins, developers and other leaders in InfoSec (Information Security) and Compliance are educated on, contribute to, and reinforce the security protocols of the organization through use of DevOps tools and processes.
Developers want to be empowered and free to innovate freely without restrictive security protocols. Flosum is native to Salesforce and leading the way – providing end-to-end DevOps and data management with built-in data protection platform security.
Accelerating digital transformation and advancing business goals by simplifying the release process is a developer’s dream – Flosum for Salesforce brings that dream nearer to reality.
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