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Cloud Security Handbook

By : Eyal Estrin
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Cloud Security Handbook

By: Eyal Estrin

Overview of this book

Securing resources in the cloud is challenging, given that each provider has different mechanisms and processes. Cloud Security Handbook helps you to understand how to embed security best practices in each of the infrastructure building blocks that exist in public clouds. This book will enable information security and cloud engineers to recognize the risks involved in public cloud and find out how to implement security controls as they design, build, and maintain environments in the cloud. You'll begin by learning about the shared responsibility model, cloud service models, and cloud deployment models, before getting to grips with the fundamentals of compute, storage, networking, identity management, encryption, and more. Next, you'll explore common threats and discover how to stay in compliance in cloud environments. As you make progress, you'll implement security in small-scale cloud environments through to production-ready large-scale environments, including hybrid clouds and multi-cloud environments. This book not only focuses on cloud services in general, but it also provides actual examples for using AWS, Azure, and GCP built-in services and capabilities. By the end of this cloud security book, you'll have gained a solid understanding of how to implement security in cloud environments effectively.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Section 1: Securing Infrastructure Cloud Services
Section 2: Deep Dive into IAM, Auditing, and Encryption
Section 3: Threats and Compliance Management
Section 4: Advanced Use of Cloud Services

What is HIPAA?

HIPAA is a United States Act for organizations dealing with electronic healthcare transactions and PIIs in the healthcare and healthcare insurance industries.

These are the main HIPAA security rules:

  • Administrative Safeguards
  • Physical Safeguards
  • Technical Safeguards
  • Organizational, Policies and Procedures and Documentation Requirements
  • Basics of Risk Analysis and Risk Management

Here are some best practices to implement:

  • Encrypt all healthcare information, while in transit (using TLS 1.2) or at rest (using the AES 256 algorithm).
  • Enable an audit log for any information related to healthcare data.
  • Authenticate and authorize any request to access healthcare data.
  • Follow the principle of least privilege (POLP) when accessing healthcare data.
  • Conduct penetration testing for systems that contain healthcare data.
  • Keep all systems up to date (enforce patch management).
  • Enable backups for any system that contains...