Cloud Forum 2016 – Routing to the Cloud

DNS – Notre Dame (Bob Winding)

Found early that everything relies on DNS. Need to integrate with AWS DNS to take advantage of both. How many “views” do you have on campus? Want to resolve all the views, but not undermine virtues of Route 53. Think about query volumes, what do you do on campus? They delegate zone administration with Infoblox on campus, but it doesn’t have great granularity for automation. AWS has great IAM controls for automation, but not granular delegation. They use Infoblox as primary DNS, but looking at creating more authoritative zones in Route 53 so they can take advantage of the automation when spinning up new systems.

What do we do with publicly addressed end-points on campus? Had to have a way of routing public endpoints to private address space. When you put in VPN tunnels you create hidden peering connections via your campus, so you need to put ACLs in place. Need to think about visibility of traffic.

AWS Security – Boston University (Gerard Schockley)

Lessons learned around Security Groups – change philosophy from individuals with desktop access to servers to using a VPN group or a bastion host. A challenge to convince them they can’t have dedicated access. How to reassemble breadcrumbs for forensics? VPC flow logs, CloudTrail, OS logs, is a time-consuming challenge. j

AWS Data Level Security – Harvard 

Have a policy to encrypt everything. Turning encryption at rest on by default. Encyrpt database backups (RMAN). Also need to encrypt data in transit – haven’t needed to do that on premise between non-routable subnets. Needed to work with app owners to make sure data gets encrypted in transit. Some institutions installing TripWire on individual systems. Looking at replicating data to other vendors. Libraries are in a bind because of their replication strategies make them unable to trust cloud vendors. There’s some discussion of whether we can urge vendors towards using some of the kinds of archival standards for preservation of digital materials that have evolved in the library world.

Notre Dame refactoring their security groups so that services are in groups and databases are in groups and users are in groups, and they can specify what apps can route traffic to which databases, not relying on IP addresses. That’s hard to do if you have to integrate on premise resources that don’t talk the same kind of security groups.

CalTech killed a $750k VDI on-prem project and is looking at AWS Workspaces very closely.

Most campuses seem to be building infrastructure like identity services into a “core VPC”. There is a 50-something peering limit before you hit some performance limits. One school is only going to peer VPCs for Active Directory and will open public IPs for Shib, LDAP, etc.

Stanford moving their production identity infrastructure to AWS in the next year, in containers. Other schools also heading that direction. Cornell has put AD into AWS, using multiple regions.

Notre Dame looked at AWS’ directory service, but it needed a separate forest from campus, so didn’t meet their needs.

Notre Dame planning to put VPN service into the cloud as well as on premise so it will continue to exist if campus is down. Arizona standing up AD in Azure, bound to campus and setting up some peering to AWS. Boston moving all their AD infrastructure to Azure – looking at Azure AD.  Stanford looked at Azure AD but decided not to use it and are building their own AD in Azure.

IPS/IDS in your VPC? Gerard – cost is “staggering”. Stanford using CoreOS, which can’t be modified while running, and running IDM systems in read-only containers – that provides intrusion prevention.

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