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Azure Policy

Achieve real-time cloud compliance at scale with consistent resource governance.

Easily apply guardrails to all your resources

Reduce the time needed to audit your environments by having all your compliance data in a single place. Set guardrails throughout your resources to help ensure cloud compliance, avoid misconfigurations, and practice consistent resource governance. Reduce the number of external approval processes by implementing policies at the core of the Azure platform for increased developer productivity. Control and optimize your cloud spend to get more value from your investment.

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Real-time policy enforcement and evaluation

Cloud policy management and security at scale

Automated remediation of existing resources at scale

Comprehensive compliance view of all your resources

Enforce policies on your resources

Achieve organization-wide resource governance by creating policies in Azure to govern every existing or future resource deployed. Manage your policies in a centralized location where you can track their compliance status and dig into the specific changes that made resources non-compliant. Enforce policies on your resources to set guardrails and make sure future configurations will be compliant with organizational or external standards and regulations.

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Apply policies in the CI/CD pipeline

Take advantage of the native integration with GitHub and Azure DevOps to manage policies-as-code and surface policy compliance assessments in deployment workflows. Give developers more agility while reducing the number of approval processes when releasing a build, and explain the reasons for non-compliance.

Automatically remediate non-compliant resources

Bring your resources into compliance using bulk remediation instead of going through configuration errors one at a time. Ensure that drift is minimized by configuring automated remediation tasks through the Azure portal, PowerShell, or CLI. Write custom policy definitions to fit your specific needs.

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Secure and manage AKS clusters at scale

Control and assess compliance inside all AKS clusters at scale. Go deeper into your AKS clusters and apply policies for pods, namespaces, and ingress to ensure that they meet resource governance requirements. Choose either audit or enforcement policies to track compliance status or enforce configurations inside your AKS clusters.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

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Documentation, training, and migration resources

Documentation, training, and migration resources

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Developer documentation

Learn how to programmatically create Azure policies.

Frequently asked questions about Azure Policy

  • Azure Policy is generally available in all regions where Azure is available, including national clouds.

  • Yes. Azure Policy comes with a set of built-in policies, but you may also create custom policies.

  • Azure Policy supports all Azure resources.

  • Yes, you may exclude a resource, resource group, subscription, or management group from your policy assignment.

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