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Comparing DevSecOps Solutions: Ensuring a High Level of Security

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DevOps teams need solutions that they can trust. Security is always an essential part of quality software development, but it becomes even more crucial at the enterprise level. According to Gartner, 75% of organizations will restructure their risk and security governance to respond to advanced technologies by 2023.

To keep up with the rapid evolution of security threats, enterprises need to put security back into DevOps. A DevSecOps approach means having security in mind at every step of development — including choosing third-party vendors and DevOps solutions.

If you want to compare DevSecOps solutions, look to whether they have four key attributes:

  1. Enterprise-grade. Your solution should be able to scale up as you do. Many point tools work well for small businesses but can’t keep up with the pace of large-scale business operations.
  2. Compliant. You need a solution that truly places compliance at the forefront. Rather than relying on an inheritance mindset where compliance is assumed based on the platforms on which the solution was built - such as Salesforce or Google, the best solutions have their own certifications and emphasize cybersecurity in their own organization.
  3. Extensible. An end-to-end solution will be able to handle integrations, CI/CD, and complex development practices while remaining secure and compliant. If your solution doesn’t have full coverage, neither does your security framework.
  4. Native Testing. We believe you can’t do DevOps without testing. And you certainly can’t do DevSecOps without testing. Copado’s automated testing framework embeds continuous testing into the CI/CD pipeline allowing you to create, schedule and monitor automated tests for improved quality.

Copado is an industry leader in DevSecOps. With embedded security and compliance controls, testing, audit reporting, and a wide breadth of compliance capabilities, Copado easily bests the competition. 

Enterprise-Grade: Compare DevSecOps Solutions’ Scalability

At the enterprise level, DevSecOps is about more than applying the right tool to the right circumstance. It requires a complete technology stack that can manage frequent, fast deployments.

For security and compliance, this means you need ways to automate compliance controls, testing, and external tools.

Integrations, Security, and Compliance





Natively embedded security and compliance controls

Callouts to external security and testing tools (Checkmarx, etc)

* Use of Apex PMD requires integration platform* 

* Use of open source PMD library* 

Audit reporting

Integrated UI testing

These features help your security solution evolve alongside your business. Without built-in audit reporting and integrated test automation, security and compliance fall by the wayside as projects get faster and become more numerous. An enterprise needs an enterprise-grade DevSecOps solution. With Copado, you can build a robust multi cloud architecture that lets you unlock the power of Salesforce data and put it to use.

Head-to-Head: Compare DevSecOps Solutions’ Certifications

“Data as secure as Salesforce” is a common marketing tag, but what does it mean? For many companies, it means simply relying on Salesforce’s own security certifications and protocols to safeguard your data.

What’s the problem? According to Salesforce, “No apps listed on the Salesforce AppExchange are included within the Salesforce Government Cloud Plus authorization boundaries, and therefore are not included within the scope of Salesforce’s existing U.S. Government compliance frameworks, including Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) authorizations.” Translation: Salesforce isn’t comfortable assuming the risk of the apps that are built on it. Should you be?

So if you want to take advantage of Salesforce’s amazing integration potential and use Salesforce data throughout your enterprise, you need true end-to-end security that lets you get the most out of Salesforce — and the rest of your tech stack.

How do you know if a DevSecOps solution has its own certifications or is just piggybacking off Salesforce? Ask to see evidence of their certification and do due diligence in the FedRAMP marketplace.

You’ll find that few services meet any of these security standards, let alone all of them.

Security, and Compliance Certifications





FedRAMP “In Process”

ISO 27001

SOC 2 Type 1


Copado doesn’t just boast about security and compliance, we can prove it. We’re listed as “FedRAMP In Process'' in the FedRAMP marketplace and maintain SOC 2 and ISO certification, as well as GDPR compliance. While other organizations rely upon Salesforce for their security and compliance, Copado has been independently certified and audited.

Platforms such as Flosum indicate that they are compliant with FedRAMP requirements — but they don’t have their own FedRAMP authorization, they are merely referring to the authorization that Salesforce has attained. Copado has its own.

When choosing a DevOps Platform you should be wary of vendors that rely only on Salesforce for their security certifications. It is commonplace for vendors to disseminate software packages that are a newer version than the one listed on the App Exchange - for instance dot releases or releases containing security fixes. You should, however, check that the major release versions are in sync.

For vendors who maintain their own security credentials this incremental gap is no problem because there is independent verification that the release you are getting is safe. But if, like Flosum, the vendor you choose relies only on Salesforce for that validation and the releases are out of sync — you are opening your production orgs, your metadata and your data up to an untested platform that is not guaranteed to have third party audits or validation from Salesforce or anyone else. Drift between the tested, validated version in the Salesforce App Exchange and what customers actually receive can be large - and the bigger that gap becomes the more risk customers assume if the software package is not independently tested and certified.

Due diligence is particularly important for government contractors, who need a solution that will pass the strictest security assessments. FedRAMP compliance shows that an organization is protecting its data to the high standards of the federal government.

Extensibility Through DevSecOps Functions and Features

DevSecOps means that security goes hand in hand with DevOps practices that drive speed and efficiency in a virtuous cycle. Higher quality products lead to more secure products — and better security leads to product quality. To help you achieve DevOps securely, we provide best-in-class feature sets the others don’t. 

Functions and Features





Metadata filtering

Pipeline visibility and management

Compliance monitoring

Auto conflict resolution

UI test automation

Custom quality gates

Security scans

Enterprise Agile Planning tools

There’s a difference between simple and simplistic. Copado is simple to use and has robust enterprise capabilities. Other lower market tools like Flosum are simplistic… they may be easy to use but are seriously lacking in depth of capability. Copado is a data-driven end-to-end platform that can be integrated with and customized to any infrastructure. Features such as pipeline visibility and management, compliance monitoring, and auto conflict resolution work not only to improve product security but also product quality. Automated testing helps you shift left, limit the blast radius of any changes, and achieve full test coverage throughout your software ecosystem.

Copado makes it safe to innovate and works well alongside Git and other Salesforce development tools so you can customize your development pipeline to meet your unique business needs.

DevOps requires that the system works fast. But it also requires that the system be secured. Every automation feature, quality gate, security scan, and agile tool creates a system that is better poised to maintain security and quality standards.

Digital Isolation vs. Digital Transformation

Copado was built with the security requirements of large enterprises in mind.

Other Salesforce solutions rely on Salesforce for their security. They silo their data within the Salesforce platform and avoid breaching those walls. While that does provide security greater than they can offer alone, it doesn’t foster interoperability, integration, or digital transformation.

By maintaining our own compliance and security standards with a significant investment in staff and external auditors, Copado avoids limiting our capabilities as a complete DevOps platform. We give our customers the power that they need to go beyond Salesforce while still taking advantage of its tremendous benefits.

There are other DevOps solutions out there. But organizations don’t just need “any” DevOps solution. They need solutions that will support their growth. When you compare DevSecOps solutions, keep in mind: Copado doesn’t just provide teams with the tools they need today. Copado provides teams with the flexibility and functionality to scale.

Whether you need low-code today and pro-code tomorrow, or you need GDPR today and FedRAMP tomorrow, Copado is ready.

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