When Evaluating New Software Vendors, DevSecOps Is Key

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It’s no secret that managed services are a popular target for attacks. Cybercriminals, always profit-driven, are tempted by the sheer number of endpoints that could be exposed by a successful attack higher up the supply chain. They frequently target managed service providers (MSPs) themselves, as well as software vendors whose technology operations, cybersecurity, and other features are provided by MSPs as a service.

This trend has been hard to miss over the past two years. The compromises of individual suppliers have sensitive data exposed in federal agencies and global corporations, and open mail servers until more malware is delivered to tens of thousands of organizations.

Cybersecurity has become a fundamental need for all businesses. As a managed service provider, you are your customers’ lifeline in these turbulent digital times – and the services you provide can easily make or break customer success. Careful evaluation of potential vendors is essential, and researching vendors that practice DevSecOps is a great place to start.

Understanding DevSecOps

DevSecOps stands for development, Securityand operations. It describes a general approach to software creation that integrates computer security at every stage of the process, from the earliest stages of design.

It may seem obvious, but make no mistake: security in software development is not always so well managed. This has traditionally been almost an afterthought, handled towards the end of the development cycle by a separate team – then QA tested again. another team. Some organizations still operate this way.

Throughout development, teams operating with a DevSecOps approach will continuously audit and test their code for potential security issues. This extends to production systems intended for the public – such as solutions already in use by MSPs, but which are also being actively improved through new releases and patches.

Here are some of the ways DevSecOps leads to more comprehensive security:

  • Faster Vulnerability Mitigation — New vulnerabilities in popular software frameworks and libraries are constantly being identified. Because DevSecOps integrates vulnerability scanning and remediation into the release cycle, these issues can be mitigated in developer software before each new release is released, leaving cybercriminals with a smaller window to take advantage of security flaws. security.
  • Test Automation — When software developers make changes to their code, it is important to run a battery of tests to verify that no key functionality has been broken. DevSecOps ensures a smooth and automated approach to such testing, speeding up development and removing potential human error from the equation.
  • Data Privacy Compliance — By automating relevant compliance checks, DevSecOps simplifies the often daunting task of ensuring that solutions will effortlessly process data in accordance with government regulations or industry standards. Failure to do so can result in financial penalties and serious reputational damage to MSPs or the customers they serve.

With best practices embedded from the genesis of a product or feature, the resulting software will have a much stronger cybersecurity and data protection posture: great news for service providers in an age of large-scale cybercrime. scale and rapidly changing.

Look to vendors who embody full-cycle security

A holistic approach to security throughout the software development process is critical to protecting customers’ digital infrastructure — and yours. Supply chain attacks remains a major risk for MSPs, as cybercriminals attempt to compromise dozens of your customer organizations at once.

Vendors that don’t prioritize security enough in the development process run a dramatically increased risk of falling victim to these attacks, passing the pain on to you in the form of security holes or malware-infested updates. .

You can mitigate the danger of software supply chain attacks by evaluate potential suppliers, preferring those who have taken a strong DevSecOps approach with the solutions they create. Vulnerabilities are less likely to arise if your vendors embody full cycle safety throughout the development process. Acronis, for example, ensures the safety and reliability of its products following a secure software development lifecycle and applying strict internal policies governing infrastructure, networks, and identity and access management.

The modern cyber threat landscape is diverse and rapidly changing. New and powerful cyber threats emerge every day, while automation enables a constant onslaught of attacks. Legacy security tools and processes simply cannot respond to the scale and speed demanded by these threats.

Regardless of weaknesses elsewhere in your toolset, a full scan cyber protection This offering, which integrates cybersecurity with data protection, will deliver unique capabilities and comprehensive security for all data and systems under your care, helping you defend against these and other cutting-edge cyber threats.


This guest blog is courtesy of Acronis. Read more Acronis guest blogs here. Regularly contributed guest blogs are part of the ChannelE2E referral program.

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