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How to Implement Policy in Google Cloud Platform for 3 Common Cloud Governance Use Cases

Published: 16 May 2019

ID: G00377616

Analyst(s): Richard Watson


Enterprises using Google Cloud Platform must implement programmatic controls for enforcing governance policies. The three common cloud governance use cases in this assessment illustrate how infrastructure and operations technical professionals can apply GCP policies.

Table Of Contents


  • Requirements for Implementing Programmatic Governance Using Policy
  • Google Cloud Platform Policy Implementation Basics
    • Cloud IAM Policies and Roles
    • The GCP Resource Hierarchy
    • Policy Inheritance Moves Down the Hierarchy
    • Organization Policy Service and Constraints
  • Assessing GCP Implementations for Common Governance Use Cases
    • Use Case No. 1. Identity, Security and Compliance: RBAC (Roles/Accounts/IAM)
    • Use Case No. 2. Cost Management and Resource Optimization
    • Use Case 3: Inventory and Classification
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Start With a Foundation of GCP Governance Best Practices
    • Use an Organization Resource
    • Map Your Organization and Products Closely to the GCP Resource Hierarchy
    • Implement the Principle of Least Privilege
  • Evaluate Third-Party Cloud Management Platforms and Tools in Certain Scenarios
  • Beware of Beta Services and Keep Informed of New Governance Capabilities

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