In a previous blog post, we talked about the shift-left movement and the principles behind DevSecOps. The article’s objective was to take the learnings and outcomes from processes and use them to assess the maturity of your security systems. If you’d like see an example of the transition of DevSecOps in action, look no further: Learn How the Air Force and SSA Navigate the (Sometimes Bumpy) Flight to DevSecOps >> In this article, we’re going to apply those concepts to the ATO process. Our goal is to provide you with actionable steps that you and your agency can take to accelerate the ATO process, and more importantly, safeguard the data of those you serve. The exact process of applying for an ATO will depend on your agency and specific requirements they might have in place. While this article will not address those particular requirements directly, it will cover many of the foundational needs and orient you towards fulfilling those requirements with essential processes to monitor and report on the security of your applications and systems.