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Deleting a Stuck CloudFormation Stack

One of the things I have come across many times over the years is attempting to delete an AWS CloudFormation Stack and getting an error like this: Role arn:aws:iam::123456789012:role/CloudFormationTrustRole-2CDE9F7RUUTH is invalid or cannot be assumed In this case, an IAM Role used by the stack either got deleted manually or by another stack when it 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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Deployment Pipeline Compliance and Control – a Service-based Approach

Deployment Pipelines – Introduction The software “deployment pipeline” has become a common mechanism in the modern enterprise.  A deployment pipeline is a sequence of automation that produces or deploys a software artifact.  This artifact can take many forms, for example, a programming library, a web application, or even automation to converge infrastructure and security controls.  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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AWS re:Invent 2019 DevOps and Security re:Cap

We had over 40 people from Mphasis and Mphasis Stelligent at the AWS re:Invent 2019 conference in Las Vegas, NV. There were 77 product launches, feature releases, & services announced at the conference (and many more at “pre:Invent” in November). Of this, there were several DevOps-related features announced at re:Invent or during pre:Invent. The theme Read more…

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Automate Container Security Scans in Your CI/CD Pipeline with AWS ECS

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 be done cautiously to meet an ever-evolving technology landscape. DevSecOps is an important Read more…

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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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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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Automating Amazon Polly for WordPress

In our previous post on automating AWS Budgets, I included an embedded audio file that read each word of the blog post. I did this using an AWS service called Amazon Polly – which turns text into lifelike speech using deep learning. I got the idea after noticing that Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist at AWS, had started providing this capability Read more…