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Run AWS CloudFormation tests from CodePipeline using TaskCat

The AWS QuickStart team open sourced a project they use for automated testing of CloudFormation templates called TaskCat. With TaskCat, you can run automated tests to learn of and fix any errors that arise in your CloudFormation templates. If you have been using CloudFormation for any period of time, you will learn that even if Read more…

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Automate Encryption in Transit with AWS Certificate Manager

Traditionally, managing transport layer security (TLS) digital certificates that are used for encrypting data in transit between clients and servers has been a very manual process. In 2016, Amazon Web Services began offering the AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) – a service for managing these digital certificates. By using AWS CloudFormation and AWS CodePipeline, you can Read more…

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Deploy Managed Config Rules using CloudFormation and CodePipeline

“AWS Config provides AWS managed rules, which are predefined, customizable rules that AWS Config uses to evaluate whether your AWS resources comply with common best practices.” (Source) There are over 100 Managed Config Rules that AWS provides for all types of checks including Analytics, Compute, Database, Machine Learning, Security, Identity & Compliance, and Storage – Read more…

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Continuous Compliance on AWS with CodePipeline and CloudFormation

Whether it’s in or out of the cloud, most IT compliance usually comes in the form of a multitude of checklists – like the one you see below. It might be a spreadsheet, website, or other “digital” tool but, in the end, it’s still checklists that software teams must comply with by filling out forms Read more…

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Continuous Compliance on AWS Workflow

It’s 7:37 AM on a Sunday. You’re in the Security Operations Center (SOC) and alarms and emails are seemingly being triggered everywhere. You and a colleague are combing through dashboards and logs to determine what is causing these alerts. After running around with your “hair on fire” for around 30 minutes, you finally determine that Read more…

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Dance like Nobody’s Watching; Encrypt like Everyone Is

While AWS is making computing easier, it can be challenging to know how to effectively use encryption. In this screencast, we provide an overview of the encryption landscape on AWS. This includes services like AWS Certificate Manager, AWS Key Management Service, and the Encryption SDK, which provide encryption in transit and at rest. In addition, Read more…

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Value Stream Mapping with Mock Pipeline

Value stream mapping (VSM) is a technique for modeling process workflows. In software development, one of the key reasons for creating a VSM is determining the bottlenecks slowing down the delivery of value to end users. While VSM is used in many different industries (mostly related to physical goods), the topic of this post is Read more…

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App Modernization on AWS Powered by DevOps

A great number of enterprises seek to modernize their applications for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Many find it can be challenging on which approach to embrace. Do they leverage the cloud for its capabilities or use an abstraction layer? How should product teams be organized and which practices should they adopt? In this post, we’ll Read more…

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DevOps on AWS Radio: Enterprise DevOps on AWS Delivery Models (Episode 22)

In this episode, Paul Duvall and Brian Jakovich cover recent DevOps on AWS news along with a discussion about DevOps on AWS transformations for enterprises. The two discuss what they have seen with transformations based on their experience in working with dozens of enterprises over the past decade. Here are the show notes: DevOps on AWS News Read more…

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Continuous Compliance on AWS using AWS Config Rules

How does compliance work in many organizations? From what I’ve seen, it might look something like this: ‘Internal compliance is conducting an audit in three weeks, we need to make sure we’re compliant with all of our internal policies’. What ensues is a heroic effort of people discovering or creating documents and other artifacts indicating what Read more…