Managing Policies and Security with Istio and Citadel

Managing Policies and Security with Istio and Citadel

1 hour 15 minutes 7 Credits


Google Cloud Self-Paced Labs



This lab demonstrates how to leverage Istio's identity and access control policies to help secure microservices running on GKE.

You will use the Hipstershop sample application to understand and practice:

  • Incrementally adopting Istio mutual TLS authentication across the service mesh.
  • Enabling end-user (JWT) authentication for the frontend service.
  • Using an Istio access control policy to secure access to the frontend service.


In this lab, you will learn how to perform the following tasks:

  • Complete cluster configuration.
  • Download open source Istio with sample configs, and istioctl.
  • Deploy Hipster Shop, an Istio-enabled multi-service application.
  • Understand authentication and enable service to service authentication with mTLS.
  • Enable end-user JWT authentication alongside mTLS.
  • Understand Istio authorization and enable frontend authorization.

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