“Digital transformation is the application of technology to drive better customer experiences and business efficiencies,” says Rolf W. Reitzig, a member of the Digital Velocity Solutions team at CDW. “It gives businesses the ability to respond to what the customer wants in a more effective manner.”
However, as organizations engage in digital transformation, they must ensure that their data and workloads remain secure from cyberthreats that are constantly growing in number and sophistication. Application modernization provides several valuable benefits toward achieving this objective.
In fact, a 2022 report found that 54 percent of companies stated that their app modernization initiatives were intended to improve security.
A DevOps Approach to Improving Security
Many organizations modernize their legacy applications using a DevOps approach, which brings development and operations teams together to improve the speed, quality and security of app development. DevOps processes can increase velocity, shorten resolution times, improve customer satisfaction and spur innovation. They can also reduce the security risks faced by organizations that employ them effectively.
A further refinement of DevOps is the DevSecOps approach, in which security plays a foundational role in the development process. DevSecOps automates the security testing of applications as they are undergoing modernization. Any security issues that are detected in an app must be remediated before it can move to the next stage of development or production.
“When you’re trying to modernize applications, you want to look at every key aspect, and that includes things like which dependencies they use from a security perspective,” Peters says. “If they’re using containers, are they secure?”
Addressing these concerns early in the modernization process helps to ensure security issues are resolved before they can lead to a data breach.