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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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Logging and monitoring

Logging and monitoring is a very important aspect of security management in any infrastructure or cloud. Logging enables you to capture exactly what is happening in your complete system, whereas monitoring lets you observe and raise an alarm if anything goes wrong. In AWS, we have CloudTrail for logging and CloudWatch for monitoring. Both these tools help us ensure our infrastructure is in compliance with almost all the security compliances, be it PCI, SOC, FEDRAMP, and so on.

Let's understand the logging in CloudTrail first, and then we will dive deep into CloudWatch.


CloudTrail provides a simple solution to record all AWS API calls and resource changes that help remove the burden of on-premises infrastructure and storage challenges. It helps you build enhanced preventative and detective security controls for the AWS environment.

To see the events in CloudTrail, log in to the AWS Management Console, search for the CloudTrail service, click on CloudTrail, and...