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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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We are all aware of the basic solution architecture principle that states you should always make your solutions loosely coupled or decoupled to ensure maximum availability and reliability.

Message queue is one of the services that help us deploy the solutions in a decoupled environment, where all the components communicate with each other using message queue.

For this, we have many queuing services, such as RabbitMQ and Qpid.

On AWS, we have SQS. This is also the oldest service of AWS. It's a managed, reliable, and highly scalable service. It moves data between distributed application components and helps you decouple these components.

Now let's understand how to secure SQS services. The complete SQS platform is managed by AWS in the backend according to the shared responsibility model.

Securing SQS

In SQS, we define security using IAM for authentication and access control and SSE. Let's see both methods in detail:

  • Authentication and access control—access to SQS requires users to get authenticated...