With more new vulnerabilities reported in 2020 than in any year in history and an increased focus on industry regulatory standards that harden images and fortify security, there is a heightened focus on maintaining infrastructure security compliance across environments.
Failure to comply with regulatory standards can lead to failed audits or risk assessments, putting an organization at risk of everything from lost business to exorbitant fines. The ability to automate the security compliance process to drive increased visibility and quick remediation is a top priority for companies within highly regulated environments or those that are experiencing increased attacks.
IDC’s research director, DevOps & DevSecOps, Jim Mercer, says continuous changes in the technology and threat landscape drive organizations’ security and risk program evolution, which goes hand-in-hand with the importance of proper policy and governance.
“Ensuring infrastructure is secure is essential in today’s world and is building to be a higher priority for organizations at large,” he added.
Puppet’s newly launched Compliance Enforcement Modules (CEM) aims to provide customers with turnkey compliance remediation and enforcement of policy-as-code directly aligned to Center for Internet Security Benchmarks (CIS) for both Windows and Linux.
The new modules will be bundled into Puppet Comply, which works with Puppet Enterprise to assess, remediate, and enforce infrastructure configuration compliance policies at scale across traditional and cloud environments.
Available to Puppet Comply customers, these organisations can now more quickly identify the cause and source of compliance failures and determine the correct configuration changes within minutes rather than weeks.
Gartner predicts that by 2023, 60% of organizations in regulated verticals will have integrated compliance as code into their DevOps toolchains, improving their lead time by at least 20%.
“The need to automate policy and governance to manage infrastructure helps the infrastructure and operations team break free from reactive processes and puts them at the centre of understanding what is out of compliance and how to fix it more easily and quickly,” said Abby Kearns, CTO of Puppet.
“We’ve been developing solutions and technology in this space alongside our customers to help address current and future needs. This is a huge opportunity for us to help our customers get more time back and address the increased risks they face as security and compliance requirements become more complex, demanding, and sophisticated.”