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DoD compliance is a set of rules and expectations for IT cybersecurity in organizations that do business with the US Department of Defense (DoD). Discover everything you need to know about DoD compliance and DoD configuration management in this blog – plus how to manage DoD compliance better and faster with Puppet.
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DoD compliance is the ability to meet all of the IT compliance requirements set by the US Department of Defense (DoD), including DISA STIGs, CMMC, RMF, and others.
The DoD uses several standards and guidelines for IT systems and cybersecurity. Your level of DoD compliance depends on your ability to comply with these frameworks and guidelines. Here are a few DoD compliance guidelines that may apply to your organization:
Organizations that do business with the DoD often find themselves stuck when it comes to DoD compliance. That’s because DoD compliance isn’t just one more ‘thing’ to check off. It’s an essential part of doing business with government defense agencies, and it’s always changing.
DoD configuration management is the process of configuring IT (like infrastructure, systems, software, and networks) to reach and maintain DoD compliance.
DoD configuration management includes tasks like establishing a baseline configuration, verifying and auditing configurations, documenting configurations, and documenting/managing changes over time to prove DoD compliance.
IT teams can often feel like they are chasing compliance, introducing more risk as they attempt to write remedial code. They depend on the security and the compliance team to run scans before they can approach remediation. This can lead to expensive delays. At the same time, DoD infrastructure and regulations are incredibly complex.
Each new system brought into a network consumes valuable resources. It can be extremely time-consuming to determine which benchmarks apply to which systems, depending on the operating system (OS), role, version, or environment. This process involves various IT teams, including security and/or compliance teams who must validate the reference system and create complex reports which then must be interpreted by the operations team to determine the root cause of the issue.
Maintaining every server at 100 percent compliance would break other applications and services, leading to exceptions for specific system controls. Tracking all of those workarounds manually and reconciling them against each scan report is time-consuming and delays the development process.
Puppet Comply and Compliance Enforcement Modules create a trusted posture that allows IT operations teams to update once and deploy everywhere to:
Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for DoD agencies that need to ensure a continuously secure state in compliance with mandates like DISA STIGs.
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Compliance Enforcement Modules provide self-enforcing policy as code that reduces the staff hours and network resources needed to add and enforce the STIGs compliance of each new system. Puppet Comply and Compliance Enforcement Modules give operations teams the tools they need to:
Puppet Enterprise, Puppet Comply, and CEM deliver the tools DoD agencies need to free their staff to focus on more high-value projects, streamlining deployment of the systems that move them closer to mission success.
More than 50% of US federal cabinet departments and 70% of contractors use Puppet, including many of the largest branches of government.
Compliance Enforcement Modules (CEMs) in Puppet Comply are aligned to DISA STIGs, which were built to safeguard critical security systems and data against a dynamic threat environment. But with hundreds of STIGs requirements that change regularly, staying on top of DISA STIGs as part of DoD compliance is an ongoing challenge. Together with Puppet Comply, CEMs leverage Puppet’s powerful configuration management capabilities to automatically remediate drift and other configuration changes that could throw you out of DISA STIG compliance.
Puppet by Perforce has proven expertise in secure, mission-critical programs such as DCSG-A and deploying across large-scale environments. The Puppet team also manages these modules and updates them as STIGs are updated and changed, allowing users to focus solely on their infrastructure compliance.
Not using Puppet Enterprise for public sector automation yet? Get started with your free trial today, or schedule a demo of Puppet Enterprise, Puppet Comply, and CEMs with our team.
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This blog was originally published on October 24, 2022, and has since been updated for relevance and accuracy.
Senior Director of Product Marketing, Puppet by Perforce
Robin Tatam (CISM CPFA CTSP CTMA PCI-P) is a Product Marketer at Puppet by Perforce, where he promotes the benefits of managing compliance using Puppet. Prior to his role with Puppet, Robin worked as a Security Evangelist, and was a globally recognized SME and five-time IBM Champion. Robin also loves travel and cultural exploration, is an accomplished photographer, and considers himself an amateur mixologist.