Tips for Choosing the Right CI/CD Tools

Building an effective CI/CD pipeline can be a complex process with countless decisions that require a great deal of planning. Whether it’s a massive DevOps team or a single developer working alone, the more you can draw on practical, real-world knowledge in making decisions about CI/CD tools the better off you are. While highly experienced developers can pass along tips to less experienced team members, the constantly changing nature of DevOps means that even the most experienced developer can benefit. 

Like all workflows, CI/CD workflows are susceptible to security concerns, so it’s a best practice to integrate security into your DevOps world (something commonly known as DevSecOps). By pairing leading continuous integration tools with a cloud security and compliance solution like the Threat Stack Cloud Security Platform®, you can build security directly into the entire software development lifecycle. With security across the CI/CD pipeline, you can ensure that your team is developing more reliable and secure applications, without compromising your team’s efficiency.

In this post, we offer 50 tips offered up by a variety of industry experts as a good place for software engineers to start building a knowledge base. To make things easier, we’ve divided the list into the following categories, beginning with a few general tips that are useful no matter the team or project: Read more “Tips for Choosing the Right CI/CD Tools”

3 Questions to Ask When You’re Ready to Operationalize Your Security

New global data from Checkmarx reveals that 92 percent of organizations struggle to implement security into DevOps — even though they say they want to. The heart of this issue is the common misconception that security slows things down, which leads to the common practice of skipping security measures in an effort to get things done.

While this approach may seem to create a payoff in terms of productivity, any gains are short term at best and are always offset by the fact that the company is at greater risk for a breach.

But the truth is, speed and security are not mutually exclusive, and you can effectively integrate security into operations throughout your organization if you follow SecOps best practices.

With that in mind, we’ll use this post to walk through the three major questions your organization must ask as it moves toward operationalized security.

Before diving into the post, however, take a look at details on our upcoming webinar — “How to Spend Your Security Budget in a DevOps World.” Read more “3 Questions to Ask When You’re Ready to Operationalize Your Security”

Security Budgeting Considerations for Containers

When it comes to managing SecOps, you must consider all the risks at hand, as well as how you can address them. Many of today’s SecOps teams are using containers for development, but this also opens organizations up to a variety of new risk factors.

To mitigate these risk factors, organizations need to ramp up their security budgets. After all, it’s expensive to hire the best SecOps professionals and purchase best-in-class tools to manage cybersecurity.

We recently published The State of Security Budgeting in 2018, which details the results from a survey of 300 technical, operations, compliance, and security professionals in North America, across a variety of industries. Of the organizations that responded, 37% had cloud infrastructure workloads that were container-based. The survey results point to many important budgetary considerations, particularly when it comes to containers. Here’s what you need to know. Read more “Security Budgeting Considerations for Containers”

The Costs of Open Source & Point Solutions for SaaS Security

As a SaaS company, your time and resources are valuable. You need to make solid, strategic decisions about where to focus your time and energy. You also need to ensure that your organization is secure and compliant in the ways that matter to you and to your customers.

When it comes to security tools, there are a few options:

  • Build your own
  • Buy a bunch of point solutions
  • Use open source security tools
  • Invest in a security platform

Read more “The Costs of Open Source & Point Solutions for SaaS Security”

12 Low-Cost Cloud Security Practices With Big Payoffs

Good security takes effort. But it’s not impossible — far from it. The key to achieving better security is to focus on embedding the right types of thinking early on. Make good security hygiene as natural as muscle memory. And before you start to worry about budget, take note: There are many low-cost, relatively easy measures you can take that will have a big impact on your organization’s security posture.

Recently, we hosted a webinar to outline what some of these low-cost practices look like. We want to show you that it isn’t impossible to achieve security on a budget, especially if you focus on implementing it collaboratively with your teams and building a truly security-conscious culture.

Here’s where we think you should be focusing your energies to achieve big results for little or no cost.

You can listen to the full webinar and read our recap below. Read more “12 Low-Cost Cloud Security Practices With Big Payoffs”

5 Considerations for Evaluating a Cloud Security Solution

Many companies today are turning to cloud security solutions — from security monitoring platforms to orchestration tools to alerting systems — in order to manage both strategic and tactical security initiatives. Purpose-built technological solutions — especially if you’re a company with limited in-house expertise and resources — can help you stay on top of security without having to hire more people or add to your already long list of things to do.

Before choosing a cloud security solution, however, you need to take many considerations into account — some that focus on the solution itself, and others that focus more squarely on the provider of the solution (because, ultimately, you can’t separate the solution from the provider). In this post, we’ll cover some of the most important considerations. Read more “5 Considerations for Evaluating a Cloud Security Solution”

Calculating TCO: The Real Cost of Cloud Security

This post examines the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a cloud security system, not in terms of the actual dollars and cents cost of a system, but in terms that will help you identify and understand the many hidden costs associated with accurately calculating the TCO for cloud security.

In essence, we want to show you some of the areas that would require a significant investment if you were to build, operate, and maintain a system with capabilities similar to Threat Stack’s Cloud Security Platform®. This, in turn, should help you make an informed decision as you go about selecting a cloud security solution that is appropriate for your organization.

Note: We use “build” in a broad sense in this post, from building a system from scratch, to leveraging open source tools, to creating integrations among multiple point solutions. Read more “Calculating TCO: The Real Cost of Cloud Security”