OpenStack Security Training Course

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14 hours (usually 2 days including breaks)


  • Basic networking knowledge
  • Basic knowledge of cloud computing paradigm


The course is providing practical knowledge on OpenStack and private cloud security. It starts from the introduction to the system, then the participants are getting practical knowledge on security in private clouds and securing OpenStack installation.

Course Outline

1. Introduction to OpenStack

  • History of the cloud and OpenStack
  • Cloud features
  • Cloud models
    • private, public, hybrid
    • on-premise, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS
  • Public and private cloud deployments based on OpenStack
  • Open source and commercial OpenStack distributions
  • OpenStack deployment models
  • OpenStack ecosystem
    • Modules
    • Underlying tools
    • Integrations
  • OpenStack lifecycle
  • OpenStack certification

2. Introduction to private cloud security

  • Security domains in private clouds
  • Threat classification and attack types
  • System and network documentation
  • System management
    • Vulnerability management
    • Configuration management and policies
    • System backup and recovery
  • Server hardening
  • Management interfaces
    • Dashboard
    • API
    • SSH
    • OOB
  • Secure communication
    • TLS and HTTPS
    • Reference architectures

3. Securing OpenStack

  • Securing Identity service (Keystone)
  • Securing Compute service (Nova)
  • Securing Image Storage service (Glance)
  • Securing Block Storage service  (Cinder)
  • Securing Networking Service (Neutron)
  • Securing Message queue (RabbitMQ)
  • Securing Database (MySQL)

4. Final security considerations

  • Tenant data privacy
  • Instance security
  • Monitoring and logging



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