Enabling security for cloud operations with DevSecOps

Key DevOps security challenges

Software is more than just a business enabler – it’s a competitive weapon. Rather than developing monolithic applications with long release cycles, businesses and their DevOps teams now focus on three primary delivery methods (often employing all three):

  • Release often – deliver new features and functions in days and weeks not months and years. This entails careful scoping of projects with appropriate design, development, and testing teams ready to execute sequentially.
  • Release incrementally – focus on delivering key features and enhancements in rapid and staged intervals vs full product releases.
  • CI/CD automation vs. handoffs – continuously build and run new releases using a fully automated process – essentially a software assembly line for building software.

But with the adoption of rapid release cycles comes new challenges, including greater attack surfaces, increasingly complex compliance, or the fact that manual or legacy security tools simply can’t keep up with the change rate.

DevSecOps done at scale & speed with Halo

Build security
As builds are completed and go through their functional test cycle, Halo incorporates a comprehensive set of security checks to make sure that build artifacts meet the security and compliance policies of your organization. These CI/CD integrated checks include:

  • Testing for any known vulnerable packages
  • Secure configuration monitoring

QA / Staging (Pre-production)
Halo will continue to monitor your servers and containers for any new vulnerabilities. Additionally, Halo will also monitor your systems for the following policy violations:

  • Configuration drift or deviations
  • PII or sensitive personal information
  • SPI data in any of the log files

In addition to the checks implemented in the previous stages of the pipeline, Halo also incorporates checks for various IoCs in your production systems. These include:

  • File system integrity
  • Investigating and auditing various log files for events of interest.
  • Privileged access auditing and monitoring
  • Network traffic monitoring

What’s unique about Halo’s solution?

  • Halo was purpose-built for DevSecOps Halo offers one of the industry’s most complete REST API enabling enterprise security, IT, and DevOps teams to seamlessly integrate security into their DevOps processes, CI/CD toolchains, and infrastructure automation solutions. Halo also features a Python SDK that acts as a wrapper to the REST API. Halo is also used by DevOps teams to automate configuration security monitoring scans in their build pipeline. Finally, the API can pull data into Halo such as security policies, e.g. a file integrity or configuration security policy.

  • Infrastructure agnostic While many vendors can claim to support different public cloud vendors such as AWS or Azure, only Halo can deliver visibility and control across the entire cloud application stack – including containers and microservices.

  • Comprehensive security capabilities Only Halo delivers fully integrated functionality across the development and deployment stack as a native part of your CI/CD toolchain. Halo delivers single agent/single console visibility to the critical security functionality that enables you detect, protect, and remediate threats and vulnerabilities to your cloud infrastructure at speed and at scale.

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Between 2017 and 2021, worldwide spending on cybersecurity will top $1 trillion, according to predictions from Cybersecurity Ventures . From the barrage of cyberattacks on enterprises to new threat vectors within networks due to the move to the cloud, CIOs and CISOs have more to consider around cybersecurity than ever before.

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