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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)
Title Page
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For IAM, OpenStack uses the Keystone project. Keystoneprovides the identity, token, catalog, and policy services, which are used specifically by OpenStack services. It is organized as a group of internal services exposed on one or many endpoints. For example, an authentication call validates the user and project credentials with the identity service.


Authentication is an integral part of an OpenStack deployment and so we must be careful about the system design. 

Authentication is the process of confirming a user's identity, which means that a user is actually who they claim to be. For example, providing a username and a password when logging into a system.

Keystone supports authentication using the username and password, LDAP, and external authentication methods. After successful authentication, the identity service provides the user with an authorization token, which is further used for subsequent service requests. Transport Layer Security (TLS) provides authentication between...