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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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Cloud security compliance

Before getting into the details of cloud security compliance, let's understand what compliance is. The dictionary definition of compliance is meeting with a wish or command.

In the security world, compliance is a security blueprint for certain types of data that is defined by a standards public, non-profit organization.

The organization that owns the compliance defines it as a minimum bar of security. The enforcement of the points defined in the blueprint is applied through auditing.

An audit acts as a point-in-time image or snapshot that defines how the organization currently operates. After audit, organizations get recommendations on how to meet the standards defined in the compliance blueprint. 

Once the organization meets all the standards defined in the compliance blueprint, it is given a certificate of compliance.

There are many standards organizations (such as NIST, CSA, ISO, PCI DSS, HIPAA, and FedRAMP) across the globe, which own compliances and also provide...