Published on June 12, 2024, 4:01 am

In the fast-paced world of business where emerging technologies continually shape the landscape, organizations face a crucial question: Is the time ripe to introduce a management system that automates compliance processes with essential policies?

This is where Policy-as-Code (PaC) comes into play. Red Hat defines PaC as an approach that manages policies by defining, updating, sharing, and enforcing them through code.

“What this means is that it automates the compliance process, translating business logic from spoken language into machine language or codified form,” explained Prem Pavan, Vice President and General Manager of South East Asia and Korea at Red Hat.

Managing governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) in IT solutions is vital for most organizations but enforcing policies can impede application development and cause friction. Automation offers a solution to these challenges.

According to RedHat, some benefits of the PaC approach include automating policy testing at scale, managing style guides and security rules efficiently, ensuring compliance traceability, centralizing rules and control management, codifying policies, maintaining version control; all of which significantly enhance GRC management for organizations.

Automated PaC boosts confidence in application compliance by enabling cloud resource control checks without manual intervention. This ensures critical applications align with organizational policies, enhancing overall security.

Furthermore, it improves developers’ productivity by offering self-service capabilities for new environments aligned with policies and automated business or security rules without manual approval—providing consistent technology stack performance.

Automating Policy as Code addresses productivity challenges faced by IT teams due to widening skills gaps and evolving technological landscapes while upholding security postures effectively.

Despite its advantages, implementing PaC requires more awareness among organizations as certain inhibitions need addressing. Resistance may arise due to technological barriers or financial investments required for adoption. Effective change management aligning with organizational culture and goals becomes crucial for successful implementation.

Chief Information Officers (CIOs) preparing for PaC operations should evaluate their automation journey first before identifying areas suitable for automation. Asking key questions like extending existing use cases for automation or understanding cloud environments thoroughly helps assess readiness for PaC adoption.

Automating policies through PaC is considered a best practice by Pavan as it ensures compliance, reduces risks efficiently expedites demanding applications deployment meeting business expectations seamlessly.

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