Sometime in the mid- to late-2000s, an insurgence began brewing within developer circles. A Belgian consultant named Patrick Debois reportedly became frustrated with the inefficient and sometimes-volatile relationship between developers, who write the code, and IT operations professionals, which place it into production.
He wasn’t the only one. But Debois’ initial efforts to unite both fronts (which actually took flight via an early Google Groups discussion thread) laid the groundwork for an organizational and cultural movement.
Nowadays, DevOps, as the methodology became known, has become fully embraced as a set of practices designed to increase software delivery velocity, improve service reliability, and build shared ownership among stakeholders. More recently, site reliability engineering, or SRE, has emerged as a kind-of DevOps sibling, although its principles and practices have long been woven into the engineering fabric at Google. Whereas DevOps proposes abstract pillars, SRE offers a much more prescriptive way of measuring and achieving reliability–and success–through engineering and operations work.
So how does this all relate to cybersecurity, you may be wondering? With digital transformation only exacerbating common challenges facing thinly stretched security operations teams, from an overreliance on manual processes to the need to manage too many security tools to a lack of executive support, something similarly radical is also needed to both realign the way threat management is done and inspire a new generation of SOC professionals to approach their craft in a different light.
Enter Autonomic Security Operations, a Google-developed framework of modern detection and response designed to scale across people, process and technology. ASO is a combination of philosophies, practices, and tools that improve an organization's ability to withstand security attacks through an adaptive, agile, and highly automated approach to threat management. It is also so much more than that.
But for the purpose of brevity, watch Google Cloud ASO Solutions Manager Steve Meckl share a crash course in how your team can put it to use! And stay tuned for ample more resources, discussion, case studies, and more coming to help you continue the ASO movement.