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Securing Hadoop

By : Sudheesh Narayan
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Securing Hadoop

By: Sudheesh Narayan

Overview of this book

Security of Big Data is one of the biggest concerns for enterprises today. How do we protect the sensitive information in a Hadoop ecosystem? How can we integrate Hadoop security with existing enterprise security systems? What are the challenges in securing Hadoop and its ecosystem? These are the questions which need to be answered in order to ensure effective management of Big Data. Hadoop, along with Kerberos, provides security features which enable Big Data management and which keep data secure. This book is a practitioner's guide for securing a Hadoop-based Big Data platform. This book provides you with a step-by-step approach to implementing end-to-end security along with a solid foundation of knowledge of the Hadoop and Kerberos security models. This practical, hands-on guide looks at the security challenges involved in securing sensitive data in a Hadoop-based Big Data platform and also covers the Security Reference Architecture for securing Big Data. It will take you through the internals of the Hadoop and Kerberos security models and will provide detailed implementation steps for securing Hadoop. You will also learn how the internals of the Hadoop security model are implemented, how to integrate Enterprise Security Systems with Hadoop security, and how you can manage and control user access to a Hadoop ecosystem seamlessly. You will also get acquainted with implementing audit logging and security incident monitoring within a Big Data platform.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Securing Hadoop
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What is Kerberos?

In any distributed system, when two parties (the client and server) have to communicate over the network, the first step in this communication is to establish trust between these parties. This is usually done through the authentication process, where the client presents its password to the server and the server verifies this password. If the client sends passwords over an unsecured network, there is a risk of passwords getting compromised as they travel through the network.

Kerberos is a secured network authentication protocol that provides strong authentication for client/server applications without transferring the password over the network. Kerberos works by using time-sensitive tickets that are generated using the symmetric key cryptography. Kerberos is derived from the Greek mythology where Kerberos was the three-headed dog that guarded the gates of Hades. The three heads of Kerberos in the security paradigm are:

  • The user who is trying to authenticate.

  • The service to...