Automated Compliance Testing with InSpec

Compliance is a valid tool for enabling or facilitating secure operation of any type of IT organization, which is what ISO 27001 [1], BSI Base Protection [2], and various other certification bodies claim for their customers. However, corporations often need to implement compliance rules for certification that are contrary to existing business practices. To keep the promises made to the certification authority, regular systems checks are needed. Thus, a corporation needs to verify whether the rules laid down in its statutes are in fact implemented on all relevant systems, as the instructions require. The question is, how can you implement this kind of check?

One way would be to employ admins who do nothing but handle this task, but that would be inefficient; moreover, it would cause a worrying situation in which regular administrators feel they are being watched. Infinitely preferable is automated compliance tests: InSpec to the rescue.

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