Navigating through the DevSecOps Journey: Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts

DevSecOps, the integration of security practices into the DevOps process, has become paramount in modern software development. While adopting DevSecOps can enhance efficiency and security, it’s crucial to navigate this journey with strategic foresight, care and meticulous execution.

This article outlines the top five dos and don’ts to help organizations effectively navigate their DevSecOps journey.


  1. Start Early and Involve Everyone: Weave and integrate security checks into development from the get-go. Involve everyone – developer community, security professionals, and operations experts – for a collaborative Insight: Microsoft’s shift to DevOps practices highlighted the importance of early and inclusive discussions on security to embed secure coding practices seamlessly. 
  2. Automate Security Testing: Implement automated security testing throughout the development lifecycle. This includes static code analysis, dynamic application security testing (DAST), and interactive application security testing (IAST), among others, to identify and remediate vulnerabilities early on.  Insight: A study by IBM found that companies that automate testing can detect and fix vulnerabilities 60% faster than those that do not.
  3. Embrace a Culture of Continuous Learning: Foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement within your Encourage team members to stay updated on the latest security trends, tools, and best practices through training, workshops, and knowledge-sharing sessions. Insight: Etsy’s “blameless postmortem” culture fosters an environment where learning from failures and vulnerabilities is encouraged, leading to stronger security practices.
  4. Integrate Security into CI/CD Pipelines: Integrate security checkpoints into your continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) This ensures that security scans and tests are conducted automatically as part of the build and deployment process, reducing the risk of vulnerabilities making their way into production. Insight: Netflix’s fully integrated security in their CI/CD pipelines enables them to deploy code thousands of times per day with confidence in their security posture.
  5. Monitor and Respond to Security Threats: Implement robust monitoring and incident response mechanisms to detect and respond to security threats in real- time. Leverage security information and event management (SIEM) tools, intrusion detection systems (IDS), and security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) platforms to enhance your organization’s security posture.

    Insight: The rapid detection and response to the 2017 Equifax breach could have mitigated its impact, highlighting the need for effective monitoring and rapid response capabilities.

Devops do and donts


  1. Security as an Afterthought: Don’t wait until the later stages of development to address security concerns. Postponing security can lead to costly remediations. Insight: The 2018 British Airways breach, undetected for two weeks, demonstrates the risks of not integrating security early, resulting in significant financial and reputational damage.
  2. Avoid Sole Reliance on Technological Solutions: Steer clear of depending solely on technological tools for security in your DevSecOps journey. Focus on a holistic approach that includes people and processes. Insight: The SolarWinds attack of 2020 showed that even with sophisticated tools, vulnerabilities can be exploited if not complemented by strong security practices and awareness.
  3. Overlook Compliance Requirements: Don’t overlook compliance requirements and regulatory standards relevant to your industry. Neglecting compliance can lead to legal and financial issues. Insight: Facebook’s $5 billion FTC fine for privacy violations underlines the importance of aligning DevSecOps practices with regulatory standards.
  4. Neglect Collaboration and Communication: Avoid silos between teams. Foster open communication and collaboration across teams to maximize the value of cross-functional collaboration. Insight: The success of Spotify’s squad model emphasizes the value of cross- functional collaboration in building secure and scalable solutions.
  5. Forget to Iterate and Improve: DevSecOps is a journey, continuously evaluate and iterate on your processes to address new security threats and risks as they emerge with rapid change in technology.

Embracing DevSecOps requires a strategic approach that combines automation, education, collaboration, continuous monitoring, and commitment. By adhering to these guidelines and drawing insights from real-world examples, organizations can better navigate their DevSecOps journey, ensuring their software is “secure by design” and resilient from the start.

As organizations advance in their DevSecOps journey, understanding their progress and identifying areas for improvement become essential. The DevSecOps Maturity Model serves as a comprehensive framework for this purpose. It helps organizations assess their current state of DevSecOps practices across various dimensions such as automation, integration, culture, and security. By mapping out maturity levels from initial to optimized stages, the model guides organizations in evolving their practices systematically. It emphasizes continuous improvement and integration of security at every phase of the software development lifecycle, ensuring that security is not just a checkbox but a continuous, integrated process. Adopting this model enables organizations to benchmark their practices, identify gaps, and prioritize efforts to enhance their security posture and development efficiency.

To further support your organization’s journey, our consulting services offer tailored advice on implementing and optimizing DevSecOps strategies, ensuring you navigate this path with expertise. For more insights on enhancing your DevSecOps approach, refer to our detailed blog post here.


  • Rishit Shah

    Rishit Shah is a distinguished professional in the field of cybersecurity, currently serving as the Head of Products at Network Intelligence. With a career spanning over a decade, Rishit and his team won the AWS Innovation X Action, Mumbai 2023. Additionally, Rishit is a Microsoft Certified: DevOps Engineer Expert and Azure Developer Associate, highlighting his technical proficiency and commitment to continuous learning and professional development. Rishit is a key member of the core management team at Network Intelligence, where he continues to build cybersecurity products that enable organizations to be better prepared against threats.

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