Regulatory compliance

The Wazuh platform is often used to meet the technical aspects of regulatory compliance standards. Wazuh not only provides the necessary security controls (e.g. intrusion detection, configuration assessment, log analysis, vulnerability detection, etc.) to meet with the compliance requirements, but it also uses its SIEM capabilities to centralize, analyze, and enrich security data.

In order to provide regulatory compliance support, the Wazuh rules have carefully been mapped against compliance requirements. This way, when an alert is generated (a rule condition has been matched), it automatically includes compliance information. Here is the list of currently supported standards:

  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

  • NIST Special Publication 800-53 (NIST 800-53)

  • Good Practice Guide 13 (GPG13)

  • Trust Services Criteria (TSC SOC2)

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Besides, Wazuh rules include mapping with MITRE ATT&CK framework, which is used for alerts taxonomy and to provide better security context. Below is an example of a detection rule used to detect access to forbidden directories in Apache web servers:

<rule id="30306" level="5">
  <description>Apache: Attempt to access forbidden directory index.</description>

Example alert for rule Apache: Attempt to access forbidden directory index.:

  "agent": {
      "id": "006",
      "ip": "",
      "name": "RHEL7"
  "data": {
      "id": "AH01276",
      "srcip": "",
      "srcport": "61844"
  "full_log": "[Fri Sep 04 06:08:51.973988 2020] [autoindex:error] [pid 28811] [client] AH01276: Cannot serve directory /var/www/html/: No matching DirectoryIndex (index.html) found, and server-generated directory index forbidden by Options directive",
  "location": "/var/log/httpd/error_log",
  "rule": {
      "description": "Apache: Attempt to access forbidden directory index.",
      "level": 5,
      "id": "30306",
      "mitre": {
          "id": [
          "tactic": [
              "Initial Access"
          "technique": [
              "Exploit Public-Facing Application"
      "gdpr": [
      "hipaa": [
      "nist_800_53": [
      "pci_dss": [
      "tsc": [
  "timestamp": "2020-09-04T06:08:53.878+0000"

Example of regulatory compliance dashboard for PCI DSS:

More information about how Wazuh helps meet regulatory compliance requirements can be found at: