What is Rugged DevOps?

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Rugged DevOps is an approach to software development that places a priority on ensuring that code is secure at all stages of the software development lifecycle. Rugged DevOps takes the lean thinking and Agile mindset that DevOps embraces and making sure that security is not a post-development consideration. It brings together the notions of DevOps and Security.

Rugged DevOps is often used in software development for cloud environments. It is a set of practices designed to integrate DevOps and security and to meet the goals of both more effectively. The rugged approach requires programmers and operations team members to possess a high degree of security awareness and have the ability to automate testing throughout the software development lifecycle.

The goal of a Rugged DevOps pipeline is to allow development teams to work fast without breaking their project by introducing unwanted vulnerabilities.

7 Habits of Rugged DevOps:

  1. Increase Trust and Transparency Between Dev, Sec, and Ops.
  2. Understand the probability and Impact of Specific Risks.
  3. Discard Detailed Security Road Maps in Favor of Incremental Improvements.
  4. Use the Continuous Delivery Pipeline to incrementally Improve Security Practices.
  5. Standardize the use of 3rd party software and make them keep current.
  6. Govern with the Automated Audit trails.
  7. Test Preparedness with Security Games

Open Source Tools :

  1. Gauntlt
  2. Vault: Secrets management
  3. OWASP Dependency Check: Software dependency security
  4. Retire.js: Insecure JavaScript libraries
  5. ChaoSlingr: Chaos engineering
  6. InSpec: Secure configuration & compliance validation
  7. OpenControl and Compliance Masonry: Compliance as code

Top Questions that come when following Rugged DevOps :

  1. Is my pipeline consuming third-party components, and if so, are they secure?
  2. Are there known vulnerabilities within any of the third-party software we use?
  3. How quickly can I detect vulnerabilities (time to detect)?
  4. How quickly can I remediate identified vulnerabilities (time to remediate)?

Security practices need to be as good and quick at detecting potential security anomalies as other parts of the DevOps pipeline, including infrastructure automation and code development.


Difference between DevSecOps and Rugged DevOps :

DevSecOps is about introducing security earlier in the life cycle of application development, thus minimizing vulnerabilities and bringing security closer to IT and business objectives.

Adding a “rugged” term to DevOps means adding increased confidence, transparency, and a clearer understanding of possible risk possibilities. This is an accelerated approach where safety parameters are practiced at the start of the project and the penetration tests used throughout the development cycle.

In the DevSecOps environment, automated testing is performed throughout the development cycle. Ruggedizing processes means making higher priority security.

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