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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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Three Ways: Event Driven Architecture

As the complexity and scale of our AWS use cases grow, so too does the complexity of  monitoring and managing our AWS accounts. Whether these concerns revolve around maintaining corporate compliance objectives, hardening accounts against attackers, or simply controlling cost, the enforcement mechanisms can involve some serious logic. With the advent of AWS Cloudwatch Events 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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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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DevOps on AWS Radio: DevOps Culture with Jeff Gallimore (Episode 24)

In this episode, we chat with Excella Co-Founder and Partner Jeff Gallimore about all things DevOps culture. In this episode we take a departure from our technical deep dives to explore culture: how to measure culture, culture typology, psychological safety, how continuous delivery impacts culture, how culture affects performance, and more! We even get into Read more…