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Cai Walkowiak

Taking on AWS re:Inforce by Force

By Cai Walkowiak | July 30, 2019

AWS re:Inforce 2019, the first security-focused AWS event, was held at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center—An incredible 516,000 sq ft modern-art well-architected venue of steel and glass. The event occupied 4 floors with ground 0 being the main expo of vendor booths, buffet lunch, and breakfast meals. They kept the same AWS feel of…

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Capital One and EC2 Hack – an Overview

By Nate Aiman-Smith | August 5, 2019 |

There’s been a ton of coverage of the recently discovered Capital One breach. I’m generally very skeptical when AWS security makes the news; so far, most “breaches” have been a result of the customer implementing AWS services in an insecure manner, usually by allowing unrestricted internet access and often overriding defaults to remove safeguards (I’m looking at you, NICE and Accenture and Dow Jones!).  Occasionally, a discovered “AWS vulnerability” impacts a large number of applications in AWS – and it also impacts any similarly-configured applications that are *not* in AWS (see, for example, this PR piece…um,…

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