Module 4: Use compliance reports

Estimated time: 15 min

Learning objectives

Generate Compliance reports for regulatory requirements and policy violations.


  1. Use Compliance Reports view to see all generated reports.

    We deployed a few compliance reports in the first module and by this time a few reports should have been already generated. If you don’t see any reports, you can manually kick off report generation task. Follow the steps below if you need to do so.

    Calico provides GlobalReport resource to offer Compliance reports capability. There are several types of reports that you can configure:

    • CIS benchmarks
    • Inventory
    • Network access
    • Policy audit

    When using EKS cluster, you need to enable and configure audit log collection on AWS side in order to get the data captured for the policy-audit reports.

    A compliance report could be configured to include only specific endpoints leveraging endpoint labels and selectors. Each report has the schedule field that determines how often the report is going to be generated and sets the timeframe for the data to be included into the report.

    Compliance reports organize data in a CSV format which can be downloaded and moved to a long term data storage to meet compliance requirements.

    compliance report

  2. [Optional] Manually kick off report generation task.

    It is possible to kick off report generation via a one off job.

    # get Calico version
    CALICO_VERSION=$(kubectl get clusterinformation default -ojsonpath='{.spec.cnxVersion}')
    # set report names
    # enable if you configured audit logs for EKS cluster and uncommented policy audit reporter job
    # you also need to add variable replacement in the sed command below
    # POLICY_AUDIT_REPORT_NAME='cluster-policy-audit'
    # get compliance reporter token
    COMPLIANCE_REPORTER_TOKEN=$(kubectl get secrets -n tigera-compliance | grep 'tigera-compliance-reporter-token*' | awk '{print $1;}')
    # replace variables in YAML and deploy reporter jobs
      -e "s?<REPORT_START_TIME_UTC>?$(date -u -d '1 hour ago' '+%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%SZ')?g" \
      -e "s?<REPORT_END_TIME_UTC>?$(date -u +'%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%SZ')?g" \
      demo/40-compliance-reports/cluster-reporter-jobs.yaml | kubectl apply -f -