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AuditWolf Definition Guide

Learn all the terms from A to Z that we use when talking about AuditWolf.

Throughout the AuditWolf platform we use terms that you may or may not know. Worse, as the industry hasn't standardized on the terms, at times we use terms in a way that may be different than you are used to. To help level set everyone, this article is our source of truth for all definitions we use.

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  • Account: This is your AuditWolf account with us.
  • Action: An activity that is launched when a policy fails, such as sending alerts and notifications to the systems you use to monitor IT environments.
  • ARM template: See Resource Manager template
  • Assessment: An execution of one or more policies against the collection of cloud resources that we are tracking.
  • AuditWolf Subscription: The edition of AuditWolf that you have subscribed to. Typically this is 'AdHoc', 'Standard', 'Professional' or 'Premium' editions. You will usually see this used within the billing subsystem of AuditWolf, or in feature set flags within your account. Depending on the edition you are subscribed to, you may have access to different capabilities.
  • Cloud Resource: See Resource
  • Cloud Subscription: The Azure subscription you have in the Microsoft Cloud.
  • Data collection: The process of reading all the metadata about your cloud resources in your Azure subscription(s) and storing it into the AuditWolf platform data lake. Sometimes called harvesting or ingesting of your resources.
  • IAC: See Infrastructure-as-Code
  • Infrastructure-as-Code: The process of managing and provisioning data center resources (on-premise, private cloud and/or public cloud) through machine-readable definition files, rather than physical hardware configuration or interactive configuration tools.
  • Policy: A collection of one or many rules along with an Action to take when a Policy FAILS.
  • Resource: A manageable item that is available through Azure. Some common resources are a virtual machine, storage account, web app, database, and virtual network, but there are many more.
  • Resource Group: A container that holds related resources for an Azure solution. The resource group can include all the resources for the solution, or only those resources that you want to manage as a group. You decide how you want to allocate resources to resource groups based on what makes the most sense for your organization.
  • Resource Manager template: A JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) file that defines one or more resources to deploy to a resource group. It also defines the dependencies between the deployed resources. The template can be used to deploy the resources consistently and repeatedly. A key tool for IaC.
  • Rule: Describes in detail what pattern AuditWolf looks for to check for compliance of a setting or value within a cloud resource.
  • Rule Repository: The main catalog of every rule we build into the AuditWolf platform.
  • Tenant: This is your Microsoft Cloud account (ie: <yourdomain>.onmicrosoft.com)