It's like DevOps, but your security team is a lot happier

Who am I?

Alistair Chapman





Cloud Security Engineer


Red Hatter

Walking, talking case of impostor syndrome

The Plan

(likely going to be abandoned about 5 minutes in)

  • Summary
  • Why not agile security
  • Integrating security controls
  • Improving ops and response

Security and Devops

aka why is this so hard


The undefinable morass


  • Security teams don't like surprises
  • They might have more cross-functional concerns
  • Involve them early and often
    • InfoSec will have their own planning to do

Keep InfoSec informed


  • Use development tooling to improve security
  • Enforce security standards just like you do code standards
  • Track your dependencies!

Make the most of tooling


  • Enforce effective key and secret management during development!
  • Use tools like git-secrets and gitleaks
  • Provide developers with managed infrastructure

Make the most of tooling

This took less than a minute to find!


  • This is the first time to stop vulnerabilities
  • Ensure there are processes for emergencies!
    • Also a good opportunity for auditing/recording

First line of defence


  • Always control and communicate package reach and status
  • Effectively track code changes and package versions
    • Particularly dependency changes!
    • This will with improving testing outcomes and incident response 
  • DLP and release gating can help with enforcing boundaries

First chance to f*** it up


  • Release automation increases product risk
  • Prepare for the worst case
    • Sign anything you can
    • Never release without the ability to hotfix
    • Dogfood if possible
  • Define clear streams and conditions

The big one


The best code can't save you here

Packaged Products

  • Sensible defaults vs secure defaults
  • No such thing as fast enough
  • Use configuration to encourage best practices

(UN)Managed Services

  • Document clear plans and comms for security
  • No such thing as fast enough!
  • Test your management infrastructure as well as your app infrastructure


Metrics aren't just for performance


  • Log everything!
  • Infrastructure should be monitored as well as apps
  • Prioritize admin and auth
  • Always baseline metrics
  • Attackers will mess with logging!


  • Inform InfoSec early!
  • Always have clear contacts, processes and protocols
  • Inform InfoSec early!
  • Remember legal obligations
  • Inform InfoSec early!


  • Trust your security team!
    • They will have existing response plans and processes
    • Provide as much detail as you can
    • Ensure the right people are available and aware
  • Security incidents aren't always like other ops incidents!
    • Need-to-know information 
    • Legal obligations
    • Access to relevant events, logs and sensitive data

"Well, that's definitely bad"


  • Treat security incidents like other ops incidents
    • RCA
    • Retrospective
    • Process improvements
    • Specific remediation controls
  • Use lessons to improve product design

Learn from incidents


Is it hard? Yes

Will it improve how you deliver software? Yes

or is it SecDevOps? DevOpsSec?

Alistair Chapman


(essentially everywhere)