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Abort, Rollback…Retry? Upcoming updates to CloudFormation

Upcoming updates to CloudFormation to enable faster and more productive development.  Cloudformation templates are incredibly expressive, providing the ability to automate resource creation and configuration of many AWS services and create custom resources to accomplish an unlimited number of tasks. Cloudformation, by default, treats these stacks as single units while they are being created. If Read more…

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Scaling Security as Code on AWS: A DevSecOps Model

As Enterprises adopt modern application architectures, they now find they need the capability to deliver hundreds or even thousands of distinct applications while meeting stringent security and compliance requirements. Scaling the capability to deliver software securely requires a new framework for defining, creating, and delivering infrastructure and application code and brings a new set of Read more…

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Security Response and Remediation Automation on AWS

Consider the following questions when it comes to the typical approach to security error detection and remediation in many enterprises today: How does security error detection occur?   When and how often does it occur?  Who is usually involved in fixing these security issues?  What is the approach to fixing these issues?  How long does it Read more…

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AWS re:Invent 2020 DevSecOps re:Cap

Since AWS re:Invent 2020 was 100% virtual, I got opportunities to consume more content than I typically do at the conference but this came at the cost of missing out on opportunities to meet with new people and those I typically see every year at this time. The nice thing is that more people from Read more…

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Continuous Deployment for Serverless Applications on AWS

When using serverless on AWS, you do not need to worry about load balancing, auto scaling, operating system management, managing utilization, or underlying hardware failures. All of it is abstracted from you so that you can focus on coding. What’s more, since you only pay for what you use, you can do more experimentation. It Read more…

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Development Acceleration Through VS Code Remote Containers: How We Leverage VS Code Remote Containers For Rapid Development of cfn_nag

This is the final blog post in a three-part series about the use of the Visual Studio Code Remote – Containers extension. The first post went over the benefits and general concepts of using a dev container to develop a project. The second showed some basic examples on how to get started along with introducing Read more…

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Development Acceleration Through VS Code Remote Containers: Setting Up a Foundational Configuration

This blog post is the second in a three-part series about the Visual Studio Code Remote – Containers extension. The first post went over the benefits and general concepts of using a container for development work on a project. This post will go over some instructions on how to implement this for a project, basic Read more…

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Development Acceleration Through VS Code Remote Containers: An Introduction

This blog post will be part one of a three-part series on Visual Studios Code Remote – Containers. Prior knowledge of Visual Studios Code editor is recommended to better understand the items discussed in this series; more information can be found here. Part one will explain the general concepts of utilizing VS Code Remote – 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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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…