Cyber attacks are increasing, and even one misconfigured system could become the source of a catastrophic breach. Security baselines such as STIG and CIS can prevent these attacks, but adopting these baselines is no trivial task. Security baselines are lengthy and highly complex. Thus, they are expensive to implement, and difficult to maintain. As a result, Enterprise IT is making every effort to proactively automate these security practices and outsource the maintenance whenever possible. Ansible is the de facto choice for configuration management. It’s widely deployed across organizations of all sizes, and is the perfect tool for validating, applying, and managing ongoing security baseline operations.