Encryption In ElasticMapReduce

Sai Sriparasa shows how to enable encryption in an ElasticMapReduce cluster:

In this post, I go through the process of setting up the encryption of data at multiple levels using security configurations with EMR. Before I dive deep into encryption, here are the different phases where data needs to be encrypted.

Data at rest

  • Data residing on Amazon S3—S3 client-side encryption with EMR
  • Data residing on disk—the Amazon EC2 instance store volumes (except boot volumes) and the attached Amazon EBS volumes of cluster instances are encrypted using Linux Unified Key System (LUKS)

Data in transit

  • Data in transit from EMR to S3, or vice versa—S3 client side encryption with EMR

  • Data in transit between nodes in a cluster—in-transit encryption via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for MapReduce and Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL) for Spark shuffle encryption

  • Data being spilled to disk or cached during a shuffle phase—Spark shuffle encryption or LUKS encryption

Turns out this is rather straightforward.

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