Open Policy Agent (OPA) uses a declarative language called Rego to define and enforce policies across infrastructure and applications. Its modular and extensible architecture includes a policy engine and decision points for integration with different tools and services. OPA also supports distributed deployments for scalability. Overall, OPA provides a flexible framework for managing policies as code to ensure compliance, security, and best practices.
Open Policy Agent (OPA) can be used for a variety of policy enforcement use cases, including: Kubernetes and container security: OPA can be used to define and enforce policies related to Kubernetes and container security, such as ensuring only authorized images are deployed and that containers are configured securely. Access control: OPA can be used to enforce access control policies, such as restricting access based on roles and permissions, enforcing multi-factor authentication, and ensuring that only authorized personnel have access to critical resources. Compliance and regulatory requirements: OPA can be used to enforce policies that ensure compliance with various regulatory requirements, such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, and GDPR. This can include policies that ensure sensitive data is encrypted, audit logs are retained, and access to sensitive data is restricted. Custom policies: OPA is highly flexible and can be used to define custom policies tailored to specific organizational requirements. For example, OPA can be used to enforce policies related to naming conventions, resource quotas, and service level agreements (SLAs).