Managing Endpoint Compliance-as-Code – DevOps.com

The rapid pace of modern software delivery and increasing fleet sizes have transformed how organizations see and handle security strategies. Compliance-as-code is required for today’s organizations that need security as a fundamental part of business processes. It is no longer possible to manually manage compliance with dedicated security teams.

Balancing security with growing infrastructure needs means IT security and compliance are non-negotiable. There is no room for more uncomfortable trade-offs between risk and an organization’s ability to deliver market-ready solutions quickly and efficiently.

Complying with growing security and compliance regulations in today’s world of rapid innovation is a constant challenge that affects all organizations, large and small. Organizations are implementing automated solutions to eliminate reliance on traditional, slow, error-prone manual processes because of tighter regulations in the industry and greater risks associated with security attacks and compliance.

What is Managing Endpoint Compliance-as-Code?

Compliance-as-code is the codification of compliance controls to automate their adherence, application and remediation. It includes the tools and practices that enable DevOps and developer teams to incorporate the three key compliance activities:

  1. Detect: Discovering non-compliance through automated estate scanning and notifying stakeholders when offending infrastructure is discovered.
  2. Remediate: Correcting non-compliance by implementing immediate infrastructure changes to ensure the highest level of compliance at scale.
  3. Automate: Avoid non-compliance by automatically verifying that planned changes comply.

There are many important use cases for managing the compliance of endpoint state as-code including confidential data protection, detecting shadow IT resources, network security, data exposed to public access and code licensing compliance.

The Importance of Compliance-As-Code

Most organizations still struggle to stay secure and comply with regulatory standards. Many organizations lack visibility across heterogeneous infrastructure and applications. They also possess inconsistent language for communicating requirements between development, security and operations (dev, sec and ops) teams and are unable to remediate findings.

Compliance-as-code enforces a comprehensive compliance strategy that involves a robust set of controls; for example, managing data storage locations and access control management.

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