3.1. Introduction

3.1.1. What is SIMP?

The System Integrity Management Platform (SIMP) is an Open Source framework designed around the concept that individuals and organizations should not need to repeat the work of automating the basic components of their operating system infrastructure.

Expanding upon this philosophy, SIMP also aims to take care of routine policy compliance to include NIST 800-53, FIPS 140-2, the DISA STIG, and the SCAP Security Guide.

By using the Puppet automation stack, SIMP is working toward the concept of a self-healing infrastructure that, when used with a consistent configuration management process, will allow users to have confidence that their systems not only start in compliance but remain in compliance over time.

Finally, SIMP has a goal of remaining flexible enough to properly maintain your operational infrastructure. To this end, where possible, the SIMP components are written to allow all security-related capabilities to be easily adjusted to meet the needs of individual applications.

3.1.2. Conventions used in this documentation

The following typographic conventions are used in this documentation:

Purpose Example
Code snippets ensure => true
CLI commands yum update -y
Files /etc/simp/version.x.y
Programs mcstransd
Packages (e.g., RPM, RubyGem) simp-utils
Puppet Modules simp/simplib
GitHub repos simp/simp-doc
Jira issues SIMP-8464
Literal text keyword
Internal hyperlinks Changelogs
Glossary terms SIMP
External hyperlinks SIMP website