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Eyal Estrin for AWS Community Builders

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Journey for writing my first book about cloud security

My name is Eyal, and I am a cloud architect.
I have been in the IT industry since 1998 and began working with public clouds in 2015.

Over the years I have gained hands-on experience working on the infrastructure side of AWS, Azure, and GCP.
The more I worked with the various services from the three major cloud providers, the more I had the urge to compare the cloud providers' capabilities, and I have shared several blog posts comparing the services.

In 2021 I was approached by PACKT publishing after they came across one of my blog posts on social media, and they offered me the opportunity to write a book about cloud security, comparing AWS, Azure, and GCP services and capabilities.

Over the years I have published many blog posts through social media and public websites, but this was my first experience writing an entire book with the support and assistance of a well-known publisher.

As with any previous article, I began by writing down each chapter title and main headlines for each chapter.
Once the chapters were approved, I moved on to write the actual chapters.

For each chapter, I first wrote down the headlines and then began filling them with content.

Before writing each chapter, I have done research on the subject, collected references from the vendors' documentation, and looked for security best practices.

Once I have completed a chapter, I submitted it for review by the PACKT team.

PACKT team, together with external reviewers, sent me their input, things to change, additional material to add, request for relevant diagrams, and more.

Since copyright and plagiarism are important topics to take care of while writing a book, I have prepared my diagrams and submitted them to PACKT.

Finally, after a lot of review and corrections, which took almost a year, the book draft was submitted to another external reviewer and once comments were fixed, the work on the book (at least from my side as an author) was completed.

From my perspective, the book is unique by the fact that it does not focus on a single public cloud provider, but it constantly compares between the three major cloud providers.

From a reader's point of view or someone who only works with a single cloud provider, I recommend focusing on the relevant topics according to the target cloud provider.

For each topic, I made a list of best practices, which can also be referenced as a checklist for securing the cloud providers' environment, and for each recommendation I have added reference for further reading from the vendors' documentation.
The book is one of my highlights as an AWS community builder.

If you are interested in learning how to secure cloud environments based on AWS, Azure, or GCP, my book is available for purchase in one of the following book stores:
• Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Cloud-Security-Handbook-effectively-environments/dp/180056919X
• Barnes & Noble:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cloud-security-handbook-eyal-estrin/1141215482?ean=9781800569195
• PACKT
https://www.packtpub.com/product/cloud-security-handbook/9781800569195

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