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How a cloud-based Kali Linux system helps with pen testing

Enterprises can use a Kali Linux system in the cloud for penetration testing. Expert Frank Siemons explains how it works and some alternative methods for testing.

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  • Google Cloud Key Management Service (KMS)

    Google Cloud Key Management Service (KMS) is a cloud service for managing encryption keys for other Google cloud services that enterprises can use to implement cryptographic functions.

  • AWS CloudTrail

    AWS CloudTrail is an application program interface (API) call-recording and log-monitoring Web service offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

  • cloud access security broker (CASB)

    Cloud access security brokers (CASBs) are tools or services that enforce an organization's security policies in a public cloud environment.

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Compliance and Governance

Learn how to maintain cloud computing compliance with government regulations and industry standards when moving IT operations and applications to a cloud environment. Also learn about cloud audit procedures, data governance for the cloud and other cloud computing management topics involving security.

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  • incident response

    Incident response is an organized approach to addressing and managing the aftermath of a security breach or cyberattack, also known as an IT incident, computer incident, or security incident.

  • cloud computing

    Cloud computing is a general term for the delivery of hosted services over the internet.

  • shared responsibility model

    A shared responsibility model is a cloud security framework that dictates the security obligations of a cloud computing provider and its users to ensure accountability.

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Virtualization

Virtualization is at the core of any cloud computing initiative, regardless of delivery model or deployment method. Service providers, or internal enterprise private cloud managers, use virtualization technology to realize efficiencies and flexibility offered by cloud computing. This section covers the risks and considerations around cloud computing virtualization security, including how to manage and ensure secure multitenancy of virtual machines on a single host, security risks and threats by Web-based hackers to the hypervisor, and how to handle data management and data governance.

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  • Cloudburst VM escape

    Cloudburst VM (virtual machine) escape is an exploit method, credited to research firm Kostya Kortchinsky Immunity Inc., that takes advantage of IBM's Cloudburst cloud service provisioning software for cloud providers and a flaw in VMware Workstation to enable a guest-level virtual machine to attack its host.

  • hypervisor security

    Hypervisor security is the process of ensuring the hypervisor, the software that enables virtualization, is secure throughout its life cycle, including during development, implementation, provisioning, management and de-provisioning.

  • AV storm

    An AV storm is the performance degradation that occurs when antivirus software simultaneously scans multiple virtual machines (VMs) on a single physical host. 

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Operations

As your organization moves its infrastructure, applications and data into the cloud, security operations such as network security, vulnerability management, data protection and application security, as well as cloud-based security services, take on new importance. Learn how to handle cloud security management, including how to keep the integrity of your data and applications as they move to the cloud and how outsourced IT operations affect security operations.

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  • Google Cloud Key Management Service (KMS)

    Google Cloud Key Management Service (KMS) is a cloud service for managing encryption keys for other Google cloud services that enterprises can use to implement cryptographic functions.

  • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Software as a service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available to customers over a network, typically the Internet.

  • software-defined perimeter (SDP)

    Software-defined perimeter (SDP) is a security framework developed by the Cloud Security Alliance. All endpoints attempting to access a given infrastructure must be authenticated and authorized prior to entrance.

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Architecture

Before purchasing or building cloud systems and services, learn the cloud computing security considerations and challenges involved the various cloud computing architecture models and how to address the "security in the cloud" challenge successfully.

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  • Google Cloud Key Management Service (KMS)

    Google Cloud Key Management Service (KMS) is a cloud service for managing encryption keys for other Google cloud services that enterprises can use to implement cryptographic functions.

  • CipherCloud

    CipherCloud is a vendor that provides a cloud access security broker (CASB) platform, along with a number of security services, aimed at helping organizations secure their cloud-based applications.

  • cloud computing

    Cloud computing is a general term for the delivery of hosted services over the internet.

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  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

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  • phishing

    Phishing is a form of fraud in which an attacker masquerades as a reputable entity or person in email or other communication ...

  • vulnerability disclosure

    Vulnerability disclosure is the practice of publishing information about a computer security problem, and a type of policy that ...

  • incident response

    Incident response is an organized approach to addressing and managing the aftermath of a security breach or cyberattack, also ...

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  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

SearchStorage

  • flash memory

    Flash memory, also known as flash storage, is a type of nonvolatile memory that erases data in units called blocks.

  • NAND flash memory

    NAND flash memory is a type of nonvolatile storage technology that does not require power to retain data.

  • NOR flash memory

    NOR flash memory is one of two types of nonvolatile storage technologies.

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  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.

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