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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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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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Implementing Amazon Inspector in Automated AMI Pipelines

This is part two of a two part series on Amazon Inspector. This article is about implementing Amazon Inspector in automated AMI pipelines. The first article is an Introduction to Amazon Inspector. Automated security scanning is an essential part of DevSecOps, however setting the scanning up can be cumbersome. This quickstart incorporates Amazon Inspector and Read more…

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Thought Experiment: Proposed Complexity Metric for IAM Policy Documents

Code Complexity Metrics When a professional software developer writes code, they measure the complexity of the code they write.  The contrapositive holds true as well that those who don’t measure the complexity of their code are not professional.  There are a variety of code complexity metrics available to the professional developer. The “better” metrics are Read more…

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Custom Rule Distribution Enhancements for cfn_nag

Introduction The cfn_nag tool is a static analysis tool for finding obvious security weaknesses in CloudFormation templates.   The core product includes rules that apply universally across environments and enterprises.  That said, the product supports the development of custom rules to allow enterprise-specific rules for compliance and security controls. For more information on developing custom rules Read more…

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Continuous Delivery for AWS Secrets Rotation

One of the biggest challenges with managing usernames, passwords, API keys, and other secrets is balancing the need to make it simple for authorized accounts, databases, and APIs to securely access these secrets while adhering to the principle of least privilege. Simply put, most everyone knows not to store sensitive configuration information in plain text 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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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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DevOps on AWS Radio: DevOps Philosophies with James Martin at 3M HIS (Episode 20)

In this episode, Paul Duvall speaks with VP of Engineering & Delivery Casey Lee on a brief preview of next months episode. Casey touches on some of the new features and updates added to open-source, full-stack DevOps on AWS tool mu.  Paul Duvall also speaks with James Martin, an Automation Engineering Manager at 3M HIS on team structure, his philosophies behind choosing Read more…