(Note: A list of links for all articles in this series can be found at the conclusion of this article.)

This post is part of a series dealing with Compliance Management. The previous post analyzed three approaches to Compliance and Policy Administration Centers. Two were tailored CPAC topologies that support specialized forms of policy. The third CPAC topology was for cloud environments and the attempt to accommodate the generic case of PVPs/PEPs with diverse native formats across heterogeneous cloud services and products. It is easy to see how these approaches can be used for configuration checks, but some controls require implementation that relies on higher-level concepts. In this article, we share our experience in authoring compliance policies that go deeper than configuration management.

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