Azure Compliance Mod

Run individual configuration, compliance and security controls or full CIS, HIPAA HITRUST, NIST and PCI DSS compliance benchmarks across all your Azure subscriptions.


Azure provides on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to authenticated customers on a metered pay-as-you-go basis.

CIS Azure Benchmarks provide a predefined set of compliance and security best-practice checks for Microsoft Azure usage.

HIPAA HITRUST 9.2 provides a combined set of predefined compliance and security best-practice checks for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

NIST SP 800-53 Revision 5 defines the standards and guidelines for federal agencies to architect and manage their information security systems.

PCI DSS v3.2.1 applies to all entities that store, process, and/or transmit cardholder data. It covers technical and operational system components included in or connected to cardholder data.

Steampipe is an open source CLI to instantly query cloud APIs using SQL.

Steampipe Mods are collections of named queries, and codified controls that can be used to test current configuration of your cloud resources against a desired configuration.


Getting started


Download and install Steampipe (https://steampipe.io/downloads). Or use Brew:

brew tap turbot/tap
brew install steampipe

Install the Azure and the Azure Active Directory plugins with Steampipe:

steampipe plugin install azure
steampipe plugin install azuread


git clone https://github.com/turbot/steampipe-mod-azure-compliance.git
cd steampipe-mod-azure-compliance


Start your dashboard server to get started:

steampipe dashboard

By default, the dashboard interface will then be launched in a new browser window at http://localhost:9194. From here, you can run benchmarks by selecting one or searching for a specific one.

Instead of running benchmarks in a dashboard, you can also run them within your terminal with the steampipe check command:

Run all benchmarks:

steampipe check all

Run a benchmark:

steampipe check benchmark.cis_v130

Run a specific control:

steampipe check control.cis_v130_2_1_1

Different output formats are also available, for more information please see Output Formats.


This mod uses the credentials configured in the Steampipe Azure plugin and the Steampipe Azure Active Directory plugin.


No extra configuration is required.

Common and Tag Dimensions

The benchmark queries use common properties (like connection_name, resource_group, region, subscription and subscription_id) and tags that are defined in the form of a default list of strings in the mod.sp file. These properties can be overwritten in several ways:

  • Copy and rename the steampipe.spvars.example file to steampipe.spvars, and then modify the variable values inside that file

  • Pass in a value on the command line:

    steampipe check benchmark.cis_v140 --var 'common_dimensions=["resource_group", "region", "subscription", "subscription_id"]'
    steampipe check benchmark.cis_v140 --var 'tag_dimensions=["Department", "Environment"]'
  • Set an environment variable:

    SP_VAR_common_dimensions='["resource_group", "region", "subscription", "subscription_id"]' steampipe check control.storage_account_use_virtual_service_endpoint
    SP_VAR_tag_dimensions='["Department", "Environment"]' steampipe check control.storage_account_use_virtual_service_endpoint


If you have an idea for additional controls or just want to help maintain and extend this mod (or others) we would love you to join the community and start contributing.

Please see the contribution guidelines and our code of conduct. All contributions are subject to the Apache 2.0 open source license.

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