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VMware vCloud Security

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Prasenjit Sarkar

If you’re familiar with Vmware vCloud, this is the book you need to take your security capabilities to the ultimate level. With a comprehensive, problem-solving approach it will help you create a fully protected private cloud.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782170969
Paperback106 pages

About This Book

  • Take away an in-depth knowledge of how to secure a private cloud running on vCloud Director
  • Enable the reader with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve competence at building and running a secured private cloud
  • Focuses on giving you broader view of the security and compliance while still being manageable and flexible to scale

Who This Book Is For

This book is primarily for technical professionals with system administration and security administration skills with significant VMware vCloud experience who want to learn about advanced concepts of vCloud security and compliance.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installation and Configuration of vCloud Director
VMware vCloud Director architecture
vCloud management and resource clusters
vCloud Director installation prerequisites
vCloud Director security
Directory (LDAP) services integration
Auditing and logging
Summary
Chapter 2: Securing Your vCloud Using the vCloud Networking and Security App Firewall
vCloud Networking and Security App Firewall – use case
vCloud Networking and Security App – communication flow
Installing vCloud Networking and Security App
vCloud Networking and Security App – firewall management
vCloud Networking and Security App – flow monitoring
Summary
Chapter 3: Mitigating Threats Using vShield Endpoint Security
EPSEC – use case
EPSEC – key benefits
vShield Endpoint architecture
vShield Endpoint components and intercommunication
vShield Endpoint prerequisites
Installing vShield Endpoint
vShield Endpoint – health monitoring
Summary
Chapter 4: Overview of VMware vCloud Networking and Security Data Security
vCloud Networking and Security Data Security architecture
vCloud Networking and Security Data Security installation
Defining the vCloud Networking and Security Data Security policy
Scanning statistics and reports
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Install and configure VMware vCloud Director
  • Understand security hardening of vCloud Director in a nutshell
  • Monitor vShield Endpoint health status
  • Create a data security policy
  • Review the violation reports that are generated by a vCloud Networking and Security Data Security scan
  • Learn the purpose and operation of vCloud Networking and Security Data Security

In Detail

Security is a major concern, in particular now that everything is moving to the cloud. A private cloud is a cloud computing platform built on your own hardware and software. The alternative is to deploy the services you need on a public cloud infrastructure provided by an external supplier such as Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Cloud, or HP Public Cloud. While a public cloud can afford greater flexibility, a private cloud gives you the advantage of greater control over the entire stack.

"VMware vCloud Security" focuses on some critical security risks, such as the application level firewall and firewall zone, virus and malware attacks on cloud virtual machines, and data security compliance on any VMware vCloud-based private cloud. Security administrators sometimes deploy its components incorrectly, or sometimes cannot see the broader picture and where the vCloud security products fit in. This book is focused on solving those problems using VMware vCloud and the vCloud Networking and Security product suite, which includes vCloud Networking and Security App, vShield Endpoint, and vCloud Networking and Security Data Security.

Ensuring the security and compliance of any applications, especially those that are business critical, is a crucial step in your journey to the cloud. You will be introduced to security roles in VMware vCloud Director, integration of LDAP Servers with vCloud, and security hardening of vCloud Director. We’ll then walk through a hypervisor-based firewall that protects applications in the virtual datacenter from network-based attacks. We’ll create access control policies based on logical constructs such as VMware vCenter Server containers and VMware vCloud Networking and Security security groups but not just physical constructs, such as IP addresses. You’ll learn about the architecture of EPSEC and how to implement it. Finally, we will understand how to define data security policies, run scans, and analyze results.

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