Compliance features

These GitLab features can help ensure that your GitLab instance meets common compliance standards. For more information about compliance management, see the compliance management solutions page.

The security features in GitLab may also help you meet relevant compliance standards.

Policy management

Organizations have unique policy requirements, either due to organizational standards or mandates from regulatory bodies. The following features help you define rules and policies to adhere to workflow requirements, separation of duties, and secure supply chain best practices:

  • Credentials inventory (for instances): With a credentials inventory, GitLab administrators can keep track of the credentials used by all of the users in their GitLab instance.
  • Granular user roles and flexible permissions (for instances, groups, and projects): Manage access and permissions with five different user roles and settings for external users. Set permissions according to people’s role, rather than either read or write access to a repository. Don’t share the source code with people that only need access to the issue tracker.
  • Merge request approvals (for instances, groups, and projects): Configure approvals required for merge requests.
  • Push rules (for instances, groups, and projects): Control pushes to your repositories.
  • Separation of duties using protected branches and custom CI/CD configuration paths (for projects): Users can leverage the GitLab cross-project YAML configurations to define deployers of code and developers of code. See how to use this setup to define these roles in:

Compliant workflow automation

It is important for compliance teams to be confident that their controls and requirements are set up correctly, but also that they stay set up correctly. One way of doing this is manually checking settings periodically, but this is error prone and time consuming. A better approach is to use single-source-of-truth settings and automation to ensure that whatever a compliance team has configured, stays configured and working correctly. These features can help you automate compliance:

  • Compliance frameworks (for groups): Create a custom compliance framework at the group level to describe the type of compliance requirements any child project needs to follow.
  • Compliance pipelines (for groups): Define a pipeline configuration to run for any projects with a given compliance framework.

Audit management

An important part of any compliance program is being able to go back and understand what happened, when it happened, and who was responsible. This is useful in audit situations as well as for understanding the root cause of issues when they occur. It is useful to have both low-level, raw lists of audit data as well as high-level, summary lists of audit data. Between these two, compliance teams can quickly identify if problems exist and then drill down into the specifics of those issues. These features can help provide visibility into GitLab and audit what is happening:

  • Audit events (for instances, groups, and projects): To maintain the integrity of your code, audit events give administrators the ability to view any modifications made within the GitLab server in an advanced audit events system, so you can control, analyze, and track every change.
  • Auditor users (for instances): Auditor users are users who are given read-only access to all projects, groups, and other resources on the GitLab instance.
  • Compliance report (for groups): Quickly get visibility into the compliance posture of your organization.

Other compliance features

These features can also help with compliance requirements:

  • Email all users of a project, group, or entire server (for instances): An administrator can email groups of users based on project or group membership, or email everyone using the GitLab instance. These emails are great for scheduled maintenance or upgrades.
  • Enforce ToS acceptance (for instances): Enforce your users accepting new terms of service by blocking GitLab traffic.
  • External Status Checks (for projects): Interface with third-party systems you already use during development to ensure you remain compliant.
  • Generate reports on permission levels of users (for instances): Administrators can generate a report listing all users’ access permissions for groups and projects in the instance.
  • Lock project membership to group (for groups): Group owners can prevent new members from being added to projects within a group.
  • LDAP group sync (for instances): Gives administrators the ability to automatically sync groups and manage SSH keys, permissions, and authentication, so you can focus on building your product, not configuring your tools.
  • LDAP group sync filters (for instances): Gives more flexibility to synchronize with LDAP based on filters, meaning you can leverage LDAP attributes to map GitLab permissions.
  • Omnibus GitLab package supports log forwarding (for instances): Forward your logs to a central system.
  • Restrict SSH Keys (for instances): Control the technology and key length of SSH keys used to access GitLab.