Secure Application Deployment with Istio

Intermediate Kubernetes, Prometheus, Tracing specifically Jaeger, HTTPS and TLS, Service mesh architecture
skills learned
Overview of Istio service mesh, Exposing your application to users securely via HTTPS, Protecting sensitive user information by utilizing istio Auth policies
Neeraj Poddar
6 weeks · 7-10 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE
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The Istio service mesh gives you complete visibility over your large scale microservices applications, making it easy to enforce security, manage traffic, spot and debug errors, and improve user experience.

In this liveProject, you’ll get hands-on experience of safely and securely exposing an ecommerce microservices-based store using Istio. You’ll iteratively build in new security features step-by-step, mastering Istio as you go. You’ll handle deploying your application with Istio and Kubernetes, encrypting traffic to your application via self-managed TLS certificate, understanding application behavior by using Istio telemetry, and finish up with an efficient debug of your app using the Istio service mesh. By the time you’re done, you’ll have the skills to ensure the security of your app, and start making the move away from error-prone manual management of microservices.
This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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When you start your liveProject, you get full access to the following books for 90 days.

project author

Neeraj Poddar
Neeraj Poddar is the Co-founder and the Chief Architect at Aspen Mesh. He has worked on various aspects of operating systems, networking, and distributed systems over the span of his career. He is passionate about developing efficient and performant distributed applications. He's an open-source enthusiast who focuses on the application of open source technologies across different industries. He is a long term contributor and maintainer of key areas in the Istio project like Networking and Product Security. He currently serves on the Istio Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) and Steering Committee. When not working on service meshes, you can find him playing racquetball and gaining back the calories spent playing by trying out new restaurants.


This liveProject is for engineers and operators who know the basics of Istio. To begin this liveProject, you will need to be familiar with:

  • Intermediate Kubernetes
  • Prometheus
  • Jaeger

  • Certificate management
  • AuthN
  • AuthZ
  • Debugging

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn to use Istio to securely expose an e-commerce application so that customers can make purchases.

  • Istio service mesh
  • Exposing your application to users securely via HTTPS
  • Protecting sensitive user information by utilizing istio Auth policies
  • Understanding application behavior by using Istio telemetry
  • Efficiently debug your Istio service mesh


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