DevOps Radio: Alan Shimel on DevOps, Security’s Last Best Hope

Written by: Heidi Gilmore
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The latest episode of DevOps Radio features Alan Shimel, founder and editor-in-chief of and . Alan and DevOps Radio host, Andre Pino, chat about the new era of DevOps and the intersection between software delivery and cybersecurity.

You heard it here first, we are officially in the Golden Age of DevOps. Alan has had a front-row seat to the rise of the global software development phenomenon. He knows a thing or two about DevOps awareness and DevOps adoption. While more and more organizations are dabbling in DevOps, Alan says 10 percent or less are truly achieving end-to-end DevOps. While the majority are practicing or planning to do DevOps, many still have a long road ahead to achieve it. This presents a tremendous opportunity for the 90 percent, as they seek out the right tools, environment and culture to distribute and scale DevOps across the organization.

Although Alan has long been a fixture in the DevOps industry, he also has a strong background in software security – after all, it is what he ditched his law degree to pursue! Most recently, he started the online publication, which has brought his passion for cybersecurity to a larger network. For Alan, the timing couldn’t be better as DevSecOps evolves, putting security – literally - right in the middle of DevOps. To see this successfully implemented though, teams must work harder on the culture and eliminate the “us vs. them” mentality that has traditionally existed between security and other teams. Teams benefit from more secure code, better collaboration and can more fully leverage process automation to encompass security.

Alan wraps up the episode by announcing the introduction of DevSecOps Days, a new initiative with John Willis, author of the DevOps Handbook, and Mark Miller of Sonatype. This new series of meetups will bring more attention to DevSecOps in hopes that like DevOps, security will become mainstream.

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