Best Practices for Deploying SSL/TLS

Lab Steps

Logging in to the Amazon Web Services Console
SSL/TLS Considerations
Auditing SSL/TLS Configuration of Public Websites
Auditing SSL/TLS Configuration of Clients
Opening the AWS Cloud9 IDE
Working with OpenSSL
Creating a Certificate Authority With OpenSSL
Signing Certificates Using a Certificate Authority
Testing SSL/TLS Deployments with OpenSSL

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Duration1h 30m


Lab Overview

SSL/TLS is the standard for securing communications over a network. There are clear security benefits of deploying SSL/TLS on your web servers and other applications requiring secure communication. However, there are many decisions to make when deploying SSL/TLS. This Lab teaches you about several areas you need to consider before getting hands-on practice with a variety of tools for working with SSL/TLS.

In this Lab, you will learn about SSL/TLS best practices and a variety of tools in the SSL/TLS toolkit to help ensure your deployments are configured they way you expect them to be. You will also use tools that help protect you as new vulnerabilities are discovered and the security landscape expands.

Lab Objectives

Upon completion of this Lab you will be able to:

  • Understand and reason about SSL/TLS deployment decisions
  • Analyze SSL/TLS deployments of public and private websites
  • Understand the role of clients in SSL/TLS security
  • Use OpenSSL to create keys and test SSL/TLS deployments
  • Create an internal certificate authority (CA) and sign certificates with it

Lab Prerequisites

You should be familiar with:

  • Linux basics such as file permissions and working on the command line
  • The difference between HTTP and HTTPS

Lab Environment

Before completing the Lab instructions, the environment will look as follows:

After completing the Lab instructions, the environment should look similar to:

About the Author

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Logan has been involved in software development and research for over eleven years, including six years in the cloud. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, and Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.

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