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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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Securing hypervisor

Hypervisor is a critical component for OpenStack or any private/public cloud environment. One should select a hypervisor very carefully. There are a few parameters that one should consider when selecting a hypervisor, because in any cloud, underlying virtualization technology enterprise-level capabilities are in the realms of scalability, resource efficiency, and uptime.

Let's see the parameters involved in selecting the hypervisor:

  • Skills and expertise of your team: The more expertise your team has in the project and in technology, the less are the chances of mistakes. It's a very important factor when adopting any technology, this applies for the hypervisor as well. For the hypervisor, you also need to do patch management, configuration, and security management tasks. Having internal skills and expertise increases the availability of your systems, allows segregation of duties, and mitigates problems at any point in time.
  • Maturity of product or project: One always adopts...