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Encrypting an Existing Device

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Overview
Difficulty
Beginner
Duration
3h 21m
Description

In this section, you’ll take a deep dive into Linux security. You’ll build your knowledge and skills through a comprehensive overview of the key areas that you need to know to secure Linux systems.

You’ll begin with Linux security in general before moving on to physical security and the countermeasures you can employ to protect your hardware. From there, you’ll explore authentication systems and the various account types on a Linux system, and how to secure each one. You'll also learn how to enforce strong passwords and manage account and password expirations.

In the networking section, you'll learn how to secure network services that run on Linux systems. You'll also learn how the local firewall works in Linux and how to configure it. You’ll learn about file system security and how permissions work in detail, including special modes, file attributes, and ACLs. You'll also discover what rootkits are, how to detect them, and how to remove them.

You’ll also find several security resources you can use to continue your security education and stay on top of the latest security issues for Linux distributions.

There are several knowledge checks as you go through these resources. These will help you identify any areas that you might need or want to review. At the end you’ll find a final exam, where you can test yourself on what you’ve learnt.

Learning Objectives

  • Get a general view of Linux security including roles, network services, encryption, accounts, and multifactor authentication
  • Learn specific strategies for mitigating physical security risks and protecting your Linux systems against the most common physical attacks
  • Learn about data encryption and how to implement it on new Linux systems, as well as those that are already in service
  • Understand the different types of accounts you'll find on a Linux system and the special precautions you need to take with each account type
  • Learn how to enforce good password security practices on your Linux systems
  • Learn about multi-factor authentication and how it can be implemented in Linux
  • Learn techniques and strategies to secure network services
  • Learn how to secure your files and directories on Linux through permissions, data sharing, special modes, file attributes, ACLs, and rootkits
Transcript

What we've been talking about is encrypting a new device. But what if you want to encrypt a device that already has data? There isn't a tool to do that conversion, really. You would first take a backup of that device, let's say you want to protect the contents of /home and it lives on its own partition. First, back up the contents of /home. You could tar up the contents and store it on another server, for example. From there you follow the same procedure as you did with a new device. You override the contents of that partition with a utility like shred, then you luksFormat that device, then you luksOpen open that device, create a new file system on it, and then finally mount it. Once it's mounted, restore the backup to this newly encrypted device. Finally, configure FCFs tab and Etsy Crip tab, and you're done.

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