DevOps is one of today’s hottest trends in IT, and as such it’s the topic of a new ZDNet and TechRepublic special report, Riding the DevOps Revolution. But since there’s still a lot of hype surrounding it and a little bit of confusion about what it is, we break down the three most important things you should know about DevOps.

1. It’s about moving faster

DevOps is a mashup of “development” and “operations.” The main tenant of DevOps is to change the processes in your IT department so that software developers and the IT pros who run your infrastructure work more closely together. As it says in the Smart Person’s Guide to DevOps on TechRepublic, “The goal of DevOps is to create a working environment in which building, testing, and deploying software can occur rapidly, frequently, and reliably.”

2. It’s about better cybersecurity

Because a DevOps approach allows IT to drive changes faster, one of the biggest benefits is security. By spotting and fixing vulnerabilities more quickly and deploying security updates and patches faster, it can significantly lower risks of security threats such as intrusions, data leakage, and ransomware.

3. It’s about breaking down silos

IT departments are filled with professionals who are very good at their particular skill or subspecialty–and they sometimes view collaboration and meetings as an inefficient use of their time. It’s up to leaders to convince them that working as a cross-functional team can help everyone accomplish their goals better and move the organization forward much faster.

Again, you can learn more about how to do DevOps right in our special report Riding the DevOps Revolution. You can read all of the articles on ZDNet or you can download them in one PDF on TechRepublic, available for free to registered users.