Security professionals work hard to plan secure IT environments for organizations, but the developers who are tasked with implementing and carrying these plans and procedures are often left out of security planning processes, creating a fractured relationship between development and security.

This was the conclusion from a VMware and Forrester study of 1,475 IT and security managers, including CIOs and CISOs and managers with responsibility for security strategy and decision-making.

The report found security is still perceived as a barrier in organizations, with 52% of developer respondents saying they believed that security policies are stifling their ability to drive innovation.

Only one in five (22%) developers surveyed said they strongly agree that they understand which security policies they are expected to comply with and more than a quarter (27%) of the developers surveyed are not involved at all in security policy decisions, despite many of these decisions greatly impacting their roles.

The research indicated that security needs a perception shift and should be more deeply embedded across people, processes and technologies.

This means involving developers in security planning earlier and more often; learning to speak the language of the development team rather than asking development to speak security, sharing KPIs and increasing communication to improve relationships and automating security to improve scalability, the report recommended.

Set a Clear Scope for Security Requirements

“Regardless of whether if it’s customer-facing functionality or a business logic concern, every line of code developed should prioritize security as a design feature,” he said. “Once security is taken as seriously as other drivers for DevOps adoption, then a fully holistic integration can be achieved.”

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