Dependency Mapping for DevSecOps

Dependency Mapping for DevSecOps

Today, DevOps teams use a staggering array of interconnected applications and infrastructure systems to build their continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines. These components are called dependencies because they depend on each other to enhance the functionality of an application. While dependencies shorten the release cycle and simplify developers’ lives, without proper security in place, these pipelines can be exposed to critical risks. In a worst-case scenario, it can cause dependency hell.

While a robust DevSecOps approach should seemingly prevent such incidents, in reality, many organizations overlook security in the race to release products faster. But with the modern IT landscape being a complex maze comprising a mix of cloud, on-premises, and hybrid resources, it isn’t easy to gain absolute visibility into the supporting infrastructure and artifacts that underpin modern applications.

In such a scenario, simply monitoring apps and their dependencies for performance is not enough. They also need to be monitored for security risks. After all, a vulnerability in even one of the connected interfaces or components could invite an attack that brings down the entire system. To avoid this, you must know your dependencies well and map them so that even if cybercriminals make changes to your codebase, you’re aware of it and can quickly bolster your security stance.

Application mapping is the process of identifying and uncovering the relationships between apps and other components in the software supply chain to uncover hidden vulnerabilities in the system. In particular,

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