Accurics Releases Open Source Software Terrascan Upgrade

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  • The company said that its built-in extensibility will enable support for other technologies such as AWS CloudFormation, Kubernetes, service mesh and serverless
  • Terrascan is available as a GitHub Action and is included in the Super-Linter GitHub Action

Accurics has unveiled an upgrade to Terrascan, the open source static code analyzer that enables developers to build secure infrastructure as code (IaC). It will ensure Terraform templates avoid common security pitfalls in popular cloud providers such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. The company said that its built-in extensibility will enable support for other technologies such as AWS CloudFormation, Kubernetes, service mesh, and serverless.

Terrascan is available as a GitHub Action and is included in the Super-Linter GitHub Action. It can be installed as a pre-commit hook to help detect issues before code is pushed into your repository, and also integrated into the CI/CD pipeline.

Cesar Rodriguez, head of Developer Advocacy at Accurics said, “The rapid adoption of Infrastructure as Code is clearly meeting its intended goal: to help organizations achieve more reliability by programmatically embedding policy checks earlier in the development lifecycle. This is vital in an environment where the scale and velocity of cloud breaches is constantly increasing, and organizations are required to implement policy guardrails to ensure that cloud native infrastructure is securely defined and managed. Terrascan is already playing a key role in this process within many organizations, and the newest iteration takes these important capabilities much further.”

Inadvertent exposure of cloud services

The company said that the new Terrascan architecture leverages the Open Policy Agent (OPA) engine from CNCF. This simplifies policy definition for developers that want to create custom policies as well as provides over 500 out-of-the-box policies for the CIS Benchmark.

As per Accurics, Terrascan enhances the value of IaC used by organisations to define and manage cloud infrastructure. It emerged from a search for a scalable way to ensure that cloud infrastructure was configured in adherence with security best practices. The company said that it helps identify issues like security groups left open to the internet, inadvertent exposure of cloud services, insufficient logging for audit and compliance.

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