Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Getting Developers & Security Teams to Work Together

Over the past few years, organizations have dramatically expanded their use of cloud environments by more than 25%. This expansion came as organizations shifted toward hybrid workforces, where employees needed to access business-critical applications from their kitchen, local coffee shop, or halfway across the world. There is no debate today that the majority of applications have moved to the cloud and cloud-native development will continue to gain popularity, with developers able to build and deploy new applications within minutes. In fact, Gartner estimates that by 2025, more than 95% of new cloud workloads will be deployed on cloud-native platforms, up from 30% in 2021.

However, if you ask any developer what the one aspect to application development/deployment that slows them down is, they’ll give you one word: security. There has been a long-standing and well-known disconnect between application developers and security teams — a constant tug and pull where developers don’t want their applications slowed down or user experience to be altered by security protocols.

Meanwhile, security teams are working to ensure these applications won’t open their organizations to increased risk. According to Palo Alto Networks’ 2022 What’s Next In Cyber survey, 71% of chief information security officers (CISOs) agree that security slows down DevOps in their organizations. So, how do we satisfy both groups and have them work together to deliver secure applications? 

By setting and pursuing shared goals, your organization’s security and DevOps teams can reinforce each other’s success rather than working in silos. Here

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