Much of the time, security teams are unaware of what’s moving along the product pipeline until the product has already been launched. At that point, the security team hastily screens for any potential risks that the product poses to the organization, while simultaneously scrambling to contend with any vulnerabilities.

“Security teams need to design programs and introduce solutions that can keep pace with the DevOps workflow,” writes Dark Reading.

In doing so, organizations can take a variety of different paths.

One strategy includes forging a mutually beneficial, collaborative relationship with the DevOps team. This requires more than listening attentively, and sprinkling a few best practices into the conversation.

“Get smart on DevOps fundamentals, read what they’re reading, participate in regular demos, understand what keeps them up at night, and what excites them most about their work.” The more comprehension that you have of their roles, initiatives, habits and patterns of thought, the easier it will be to create security strategies that ebb and flow with their processes.

In addition, as you continue learning about and working closely with DevOps, you’ll be able to weave security into new processes as they’re created. You’ll also have the ability to anticipate needs before they arise, enabling you to proactively offer solutions.

Security is often seen as an obstacle to efficient growth, but it doesn’t have to be. For more on seamless integration of security practices into a DevOps environment, visit Dark Reading.