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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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Cinder – OpenStack block storage

In OpenStack, block storage is provided by the Cinder project. Cinder is the project that provides a self-managed block-level storage device. This enables on-demand block storage for an OpenStack compute service called nova.  

Cinder creates a software-defined storage by virtualizing underlying storage pools, which can be software-defined storage or traditional hardware. Here, we also utilize software-defined storage such as Solidfire and Ceph.  

Nova accesses the block storage using Cinder APIs wherein the backend storage is being accessed on iSCSI, ATA over Ethernet, or a fiber channel.

Now, let's see how to ensure the security of Cinder. Similar to all of the other projects, such as Keystone and nova, Cinder also has its configuration files, which contain all of the critical information. Here, we need to ensure security and safety of the configuration files. So, we need to ensure that the configuration files are given access to root/cinder. These configuration...