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Keycloak - Identity and Access Management for Modern Applications

By : Stian Thorgersen, Pedro Igor Silva
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Keycloak - Identity and Access Management for Modern Applications

By: Stian Thorgersen, Pedro Igor Silva

Overview of this book

Implementing authentication and authorization for applications can be a daunting experience, often leaving them exposed to security vulnerabilities. Keycloak is an open-source solution for identity management and access management for modern applications, which can make a world of difference if you learn how to use it. Keycloak, helping you get started with using it and securing your applications. Complete with hands-on tutorials, best practices, and self-assessment questions, this easy-to-follow guide will show you how to secure a sample application and then move on to securing different application types. As you progress, you will understand how to configure and manage Keycloak as well as how to leverage some of its more advanced capabilities. Finally, you'll gain insights into securely using Keycloak in production. By the end of this book, you will have learned how to install and manage Keycloak as well as how to secure new and existing applications.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started with Keycloak
Section 2: Securing Applications with Keycloak
Section 3: Configuring and Managing Keycloak
Section 4: Security Considerations

Securing applications

Since more applications are being exposed on the internet, the number of attacks and data breaches are growing by the day. This means it is important to secure applications properly.

Up until recently, a common practice was to leverage firewalls and VPNs as the main layer of defense against attacks. Often, this was combined with questionable security within the boundaries of the enterprise environment. This is becoming less viable with more employees working from home or using their personal laptop or phone. More and more services are also being exposed to partners or the public. This is blurring the line of the enterprise network. The whole idea of trusting what is on the inside, but not what is on the outside, was also somewhat questionable as there are often ways for attackers to get inside the enterprise network, and it also provides less protection against an internal attack.

Essentially, something better is needed than just a firewall. Keycloak is...