Secure Financial Transactions with Ansible, Terraform, and OpenSCAP

prerequisites
intermediate Linux • basic Terraform • basic DevOps
skills learned
managing security and risk in a sealed environment • automating and orchestrating infrastructure with Terraform • securing Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Lucian Maly
4 weeks · 5-7 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE

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Data protection is integral to any modern business. Companies need to ensure their users’ financial and personal information is safe, secure, and kept in compliance with security standards.

In this liveProject, you’ll step into the shoes of a DevOps consultant who needs to produce card data storage compliance reports for auditors—right before your Hawaiian vacation! You’ll get hands-on experience developing a system that can scan production servers, generate compliance results, and automatically rectify issues.

You’ll use AWS and Terraform to spin up your infrastructure, create and remove testing servers on-demand with Ansible, and scan your security standards with OpenSCAP. Finally, you’ll automate the project, creating a simple website that delivers compliance reports while you enjoy the sand and sun.
This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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project author

Lucian Maly
Lucian Maly has over 12 years of experience in the software industry. He currently works as a DevOps consultant for Red Hat, where he is involved in the design and development of many high profile enterprise projects. His work covers automation, containerization, and continuous security compliance, primarily in large-scale and heavily secured Linux environments. Maly is a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) and holds five Amazon Web Services (AWS) certifications, as well as HashiCorp Terraform Associate accreditation.

prerequisites

This liveProject is for sysadmins who work with Linux systems, ideally Red Hat Linux. Knowledge of the public cloud and an awareness of security compliance will be helpful, but is not required. To begin this liveProject, you will need to be familiar with:

TOOLS
  • Intermediate Linux
  • Basic Ansible
  • Basic Terraform
  • Basic AWS
TECHNIQUES
  • Familiarity with DevOps concepts and agile methodology
  • Basic knowledge of public cloud infrastructure and automation
  • Understanding of the principles of security compliance

you will learn

By completing this liveProject, you’ll master Linux, infrastructure automation, and configuration management. You’ll be able to apply the principles you learn to other compliance frameworks.

  • Managing security and risk in a sealed environment
  • Automating and orchestrating infrastructure with Terraform
  • How Ansible complements Terraform and vice-versa
  • Using Ansible for configuration management and provisioning
  • AWX for scheduling and managing tasks
  • Making Red Hat Enterprise Linux more secure
  • Managing Compliance with OpenSCAP profiles
  • Display compliance results as static web pages

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