Security policies are increasingly complex and demanding on the operations teams must implement them. How can you be sure that your security policy is really correct everywhere, apart from an expensive yearly audit? How can you know that what was OK a few weeks ago is still OK?
Rudder is open source IT compliance automation technology that comes from the DevOps world, where automatic configuration management is already the norm. With a focus on continuously checking configurations and centralizing real-time status data, Rudder can show a high-level summary (“ISO 27001 rules are at 100%!”) and break down noncompliance issues to a deep technical level (“Host prod-web-03: SSH server configuration allows root logins”).
Jonathan Clarke offers an overview of Rudder and demonstrates how to input the technical rules of a security policy into Rudder, watch it check them every 5 minutes on each and every one of your servers, and report back a global summary to you, allowing you to drill down to any issues that need remediating. Jonathan also explains how a successfully deployed policy can be enforced by the same tool, moving one step further from automatic auditing to automatic remediation. Along the way, Jonathan shares lessons learned from companies that have gone from asking whether their security policy was really applied to receiving near real-time alerts about noncompliance issues as they arise.
In particular, Jonathan explores the specific features in Rudder that have made it successful in compliance projects:
Jonathan Clarke is the cofounder and chief product officer at Normation, an open source software company based in Paris. Jonathan mainly works on Rudder, a truly open source IT automation and compliance tool with professional enterprise requirements, automatic reporting, and lightweight agents at its heart. Jonathan is a system engineer by trade. In his professional life, he has worked almost exclusively with open source tools and dabbled with them well before that. He is also a contributor to several open source projects, including OpenLDAP, LSC, and CFEngine. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys good food, real ale, cinema, and cycling around Paris.
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