While environments may be deployed in a compliant state - assuming there is a defined policy that is not weak, ad hoc, or missing entirely - it quickly becomes non-compliant when changes are inevitably made.
Compliance drift occurs with even minor updates and changes. And when the only constant is change, compliance drift represents a significant risk to security.
The drift-audit-fix cycle, where compliance is temporarily achieved through hasty remediation activities before an audit, is an inefficient use of valuable IT resources, costly, and poses serious security risks when environments exist in a non-compliant state.
Environments are increasingly dynamic and complex, which requires a different approach to maintaining compliance and keeping up with new and changing regulations.
Automation is an integral component to successful compliance. Adopting a model-driven, declarative approach to implementing desired configuration states using automation, to define and enforce policies as code, ensures that environments are automatically and continuously assessed for policy violations and non-compliance.
Automating compliance as code ensures a secure operating environment is achieved without sacrificing speed and agility, no matter how dynamic and complex.
Continuous environment scanning, alerting, and reporting provides an holistic view of compliance status, including drift reports, and precisely which settings and configurations are applied to each individual device and system.
Real-time enforcement and remediation of non-compliant configurations, and environments to desired state security policies, including CIS security benchmarks, CVE, and regulatory compliance libraries including PCI, ISO27001, and HIPAA.
Define compliance policies as code to achieve desired states by incorporating compliant configurations into deployment and configuration baselines so correct settings are enforced avoiding compliance drift and security risks.