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Stelligent U: Onboarding New Hires with a Standard Development Environment

Let’s imagine this scenario: Today is the first day of your new gig. With overwhelming nervous energy, you’re awake so early you wonder how people normally wake up at this hour, you even combed your hair today (maybe even showered?) and you’re ready to put your best foot forward and conquer the world. You have Read more…

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Infrastructure as Code and Stelligent U

At Stelligent, Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is foundational to our mantra of “Automate Everything”. This is reflected in our new engineer training, Stelligent U, which has recently been open-sourced. Throughout the training, we focus on creating and updating resources via CloudFormation. Even with templates provided as reference, the engineer is the ultimate decision-maker for building Read more…

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Open Sourcing Our DevOps Training Platform: Stelligent U

Open Sourcing Our DevOps Training Platform: Stelligent U Our onboarding program for new engineers is now open source! Every Stelligent DevOps Automation Engineer for the past several years has gone through this program. We’re very excited to begin sharing it now with the open source community. You can find it here: https://github.com/stelligent/stelligent-u What is Stelligent Read more…

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Monitor GCP Costs in Slack

Stelligent has a variety of projects running on Google Cloud Platform, and we want to be diligent about controlling our costs. As a long-time remote-first enterprise, our communication centers around Slack, and we want all of our alerts to be delivered there. We’ve developed a simple way to connect Google Cloud Billing to Slack by Read more…

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Removing Errors on CloudFormation Stack Creation

OVERVIEW Administering AWS infrastructure through CloudFormation is one way to use Infrastructure as Code to simplify and replicate an environment. Here at Stelligent, we encourage using automation to apply CloudFormation templates. An early hurdle with CloudFormation one might encounter is a mistake that would break the initial creation of the stack. When CloudFormation fails during Read more…

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Is My Container Image Secure? CI/CD Container Scanning using Trend Micro Deep Security Smart Check and AWS CodePipeline

Introduction Many enterprises attempt to drive software development and delivery towards a DevOps mindset. Likewise, organizations struggle with increasing security challenges while adopting these innovative software practices. Embedding security within the deployment lifecycle is non-negotiable. Therefore, integration of security into CI/CD workflows need to be done cautiously to meet an ever-evolving technology landscape. DevSecOps is Read more…

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Generating Least Privileged IAM Roles for CloudFormation and Service Catalog with cfn-leaprog

CloudFormation Development Process and Privilege As a developer works through the development of a CloudFormation template, they are likely working in a “sandbox” account where they have significant “power user” privileges.  This is convenient in order to allow the developer to focus on the business needs, but what happens when the same template is converged Read more…

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Introduction to Amazon Inspector

This is part one of a two part series on Amazon Inspector. This article goes over some of the features of Amazon Inspector and covers some of the pros and cons of the service. The second article within this series is a quick start on implementing Amazon Inspector in automated AMI pipelines.  Introduction to Amazon Read more…

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Building Developer Sandboxes on AWS with Attribute-based access control (ABAC)

Identity Management had a curious beginning in the early 1500s in England, where parish churches kept elaborate written records “for the purpose of preventing bigamy and consanguineous marriage.” It was the invention of the automobile 400 years later that furthered the creation of personal identification when in 1903 two US states issued the first driver’s Read more…

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Reduce Cost and Increase Efficiency with DevOps

Do More with Less Today DevOps can mean different things to different people. At Stelligent we consider DevOps to be a collection of principles and practices for delivering software faster, more efficiently, and more securely. When implemented effectively, these principles and practices will make your team more efficient and effective, allowing you to do more Read more…