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Cloud Security Automation

By : Prashant Priyam
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Cloud Security Automation

By: Prashant Priyam

Overview of this book

Security issues are still a major concern for all IT organizations. For many enterprises, the move to cloud computing has raised concerns for security, but when applications are architected with focus on security, cloud platforms can be made just as secure as on-premises platforms. Cloud instances can be kept secure by employing security automation that helps make your data meet your organization's security policy. This book starts with the basics of why cloud security is important and how automation can be the most effective way of controlling cloud security. You will then delve deeper into the AWS cloud environment and its security services by dealing with security functions such as Identity and Access Management and will also learn how these services can be automated. Moving forward, you will come across aspects such as cloud storage and data security, automating cloud deployments, and so on. Then, you'll work with OpenStack security modules and learn how private cloud security functions can be automated for better time- and cost-effectiveness. Toward the end of the book, you will gain an understanding of the security compliance requirements for your Cloud. By the end of this book, you will have hands-on experience of automating your cloud security and governance.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
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Other security options in AWS

Apart from IAM, AWS provides other services to harden security and match the security compliances.

Let's see what services are available in AWS Console, in the security section. In the following screenshot, we can see the list of security services:

 Let's understand all these one by one.

AWS Certificate Manager

AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) helps you create and manage the TLS and SSL certificates for websites and applications that run on AWS. ACM makes the SSL certificate procurement, deployment, and renewal processes easy.

SSL certificates obtained from ACM are available for free:

ACM facilitates the importing of commercial CA-signed SSLs, which can be easily offloaded to ELB, EC2, API Gateway, and CloudFront. You can offload SSLs on ELB during or after creation.

Let's see how we offload one during the creation process:

  1. First, log in to AWS Console and go to EC2. In EC2, select Load Balancers and click on Create Load Balancer. Here, you need to specify a few details...