Learning Puppet Security

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  • Use Puppet manifests to show system compliance and track changes to the operating system resources
  • Generate security reports using PuppetDB to show that the systems are up to date
  • Automate CIS compliance using community modules
  • Configure firewalls automatically based on roles
  • Demystify the Puppet SSL stack
  • Set up centralized logging with dashboard search functionality using Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana
  • Configure your systems to be secure automatically using SELinux with Puppet
  • Use Puppet to assist with PCI DSS compliance

As application and server environments become more complex, managing security and compliance becomes a challenging situation. By utilizing Puppet and the tools associated with it, you can simplify and automate many of the more repetitive security-related tasks.

Beginning with the simplest cases, you will quickly get up and running by looking at an example Puppet manifest. Moving on, you will learn how to use Puppet to track changes to environments and how this can be used for compliance. As your knowledge increases, you will then get to explore community modules and learn how they can help simplify the deployment of your Puppet environment by using pre-written code contributed by community members. By the end of this book, you will be able to implement a complete centralized logging solution using Logstash and community modules.

  • Pass a compliance audit by showing the concrete state of your systems using Puppet
  • Secure your Puppet server to minimize risks associated with misconfigured installations using the gdsoperations/auditd module
  • Attain in-depth knowledge of all the security aspects related to Puppet with the help of a step-by-step approach and attain the practical skills required to develop applications
Page Count 236
Course Length 7 hours 4 minutes
ISBN 9781784397753
Date Of Publication 27 Mar 2015


Jason Slagle

Jason Slagle is a veteran of systems and network administration of 18 years. Having worked on everything from Linux systems to Cisco networks and SAN storage, he is always looking for ways to make his work repeatable and automated. When he is not hacking a computer for work or pleasure, he enjoys running, cycling, and occasionally, geocaching.

Jason is a graduate of the University of Toledo from the computer science and engineering technology program with a bachelor's degree in science. He is currently employed by CNWR, an IT and infrastructure consulting company in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. There, he supports several prominent customers in their quest to automate and improve their infrastructure and development operations. He occasionally serves as a part-time instructor at the University of Toledo.

Jason has previously worked as a technical reviewer on Puppet 3: Beginner's Guide and Puppet Monitoring and Reporting.