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KICS - Keep Infrastructure as Code Secure

Find security vulnerabilities, compliance issues, and infrastructure misconfigurations early in the development cycle of your infrastructure-as-code with KICS by Checkmarx.

KICS stands for Keeping Infrastructure as Code Secure, it is open source and is a must-have for any cloud native project.

Supported Platforms

Terraform    Kubernetes    Docker   

CloudFormation    Ansible    Helm   

OpenAPI    gRPC    Azure Resource Manager    Google Deployment Manager   

Support of other solutions and additional cloud providers are on the roadmap.

Getting Started

Setting up and using KICS is super-easy.

Interested in more advanced stuff?

  • Deep dive into KICS queries.
  • Understand how to integrate KICS in your favourite CI/CD pipelines.

How it Works

What makes KICS really powerful and popular is its built-in extensibility. This extensibility is achieved by:

  • Fully customizable and adjustable heuristics rules, called queries. These can be easily edited, extended and added.
  • Robust but yet simple architecture, which allows quick addition of support for new Infrastructure as Code solutions.

Release process

KICS release process is quite simple. We have nightly builds that will pack and pre-release all changes merged into master. The nightly release will have a "nightly" prefix with the last commit hash code. We have binaries available for Windows, Linux and MacOS, as well as a Docker image in DockerHub


KICS is a true community project. It's built as an open source from day one, and anyone can find his own way to contribute to the project. Check out how, within just minutes, you can start making a difference, by sharing your expertise with a community of thousands of security experts and software developers.

Note: For development not related to terraformer please use the Golang build tag dev in commands go run, go build and go test


  • go test -tags dev ./...
  • go run -tags dev cmd/console/main.go
  • go build -tags dev cmd/console/main.go

Meet us at conferences


KICS public documentation has all the project aspects covered. Join the chat on Gitter or contact KICS core team at

Keeping Infrastructure as Code Secure!

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