April 25-29, 2016

Event Details

Please note: All times listed below are in Central Time Zone

Automated Security Hardening with OpenStack-Ansible

Deploying clouds involves plenty of moving pieces.  There’s the actual OpenStack code, the dependencies, the operating system, and hardware.  It’s no surprise that functionality often takes priority over security, but OpenStack-Ansible’s security role is trying to make that process easier. The openstack-ansible-security role delivers strong security enhancements (based on the Security Technical Implementation Guide from the United States government) that are highly customized to avoid disrupting the functionality of an OpenStack cloud.

In this talk, Major Hayden, principal architect at Rackspace, will share the security challenges in OpenStack clouds and how the openstack-ansible-security role can solve some of them.  The audience will learn what to do when auditors arrive and they will see a demo of the role in action.

What can I expect to learn?

Attendees will learn about the physical host security challenges that the openstack-ansible-security role solves. Whether they use the full OpenStack-Ansible deployment project or not, they will learn how to use the openstack-ansible-security role with their existing deployments. A brief overview of the documentation and Ansible’s check mode will ensure that the audience is ready when the auditors arrive.

Tuesday, April 26, 11:15am-11:55am (4:15pm - 4:55pm UTC)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Major Hayden builds OpenStack clouds as a Principal Architect at Rackspace. Major is a core developer in the OpenStack-Ansible project with a focus on improving information security in OpenStack deployments.  He holds multiple Red Hat and Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) certifications and has written extensively about securing virtualized Linux environments. Outside of... FULL PROFILE