3 Keys to Security & Compliance + DevOps
Cybersecurity is far from the most exciting element of your digital transformation journey — but it might just be the most essential. After all, we live in a world where sensitive information is stored and precariously passed across multiple systems, clouds, and platforms.
Keep in mind that security takes on many forms — all with different degrees of complexity — making implementation anything but simple and straightforward. The need for security often stems from three key areas of risk:
1. Compliance: Implement the latest government regulations
First and foremost, your organization needs to be compliant with the latest Federal and SEC regulations, standards, and policies.
Compliance regulations like HIPAA and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) are designed to protect both the business and its consumers. These guidelines govern exactly what each business must protect (for example: a customer’s Social Security Number).
From there, HIPAA, PCI DSS, and other standard frameworks of compliance requirements are translated into specific security controls you must implement to stay compliant. What happens if you fail to stay compliant? Non-compliance could result in significant financial penalties, customer distrust, and deterioration of your brand and reputation.
2. Data portability: Keep sensitive info from falling into the wrong hands
The ability to safely store and transfer data across multiple platforms, systems and clouds is mission-critical for any modern enterprise. Whether your sensitive information is at rest or in transit, security controls like data encryption, data masking, and tokenization are all proactive ways to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.
While secure data portability requirements are often tied to data privacy regulations like GDPR, making sure you also have your own security controls in place for treating sensitive data is a smart best practice to implement organization-wide.
3. Identity and access: Who can see sensitive data?
Finally, identity and access management controls which users are allowed into the system. For instance, companies typically add a layer of security to the user identification process by requiring CAPTCHAs and two-factor authentication.
Once the user is authenticated, access management takes things one step further by defining exactly what they are authorized to see or access. A user with higher clearance levels may be able to access sensitive or privileged information while a generic user may not. Access controls often take the form of permissions that are granted at the user level.
Now that we’ve explored the three main areas of cyber risk, let’s check out Copado’s two native solutions for de-risking your digital transformation.
Solution #1: Copado Security Planning
There really isn’t a cookie-cutter approach to protecting your business from data breaches and security attacks. Each business has a unique tech stack and its own mandated regulations and internal requirements.
That’s why Copado Security Planning assembles a personalized Security Action Plan for your unique business. This platform makes it easy to proactively manage your plan and continuously improve your security posture. Best of all, we pair you with a dedicated, CISSP-certified security expert who will assess your current state and tailor a plan to tackle your compliance and security needs.
ROI + personalized support
Security can be tough to measure. While security controls can prevent issues from happening, it’s difficult to quantify the value of what has not yet occurred. But with Copado Security Planning, each task is evaluated from an ROI perspective so you can prioritize the tasks that generate the most value.
Thanks to regular check-ins with your dedicated security expert, you’ll get personalized support to help you continuously improve your DevSecOps maturity, gain best practice insights, and receive guidance on next steps.
Solution #2: Copado Compliance Hub
While Security Planning provides a customized plan of action, Compliance Hub helps you actually implement it.
For example, you can create simple compliance rules to manage requirements (like access and permissions) with no coding or development required. These rules can then be added as a quality gate as part of your CI/CD process so that a compliance scan is automatically checked every time you make a Salesforce release. This guarantees that you are proactively managing and enforcing compliance for every change you make to your Salesforce environment.
When a compliance check is triggered, any violations are sent via real-time email alert so you can take immediate action to mitigate the security risk. The centralized Compliance Health dashboard visualizes compliance activities at a glance — making reporting and auditing a breeze.
Compliance and security can be challenging. But Copado Security Planning and Copado Compliance Hub can help you embed security and compliance directly into your DevOps delivery pipeline. This pinpoints the work that needs to be done, streamlines changes for continuous improvement, and automates processes so you can keep up with the demands for quick delivery — without sacrificing quality.
Final note: While I recommend leveraging both products to optimize risk mitigation, each product can also operate on its own to help you manage security and compliance within your DevOps lifecycle