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Workspaces

By Jake Berkowsky | April 8, 2020

As part of a talk I’m doing with Boston based Workbar. I’ve written an FAQ on Amazon Workspaces. Sign up here What is Workspaces? Workspaces is a Desktop as a Service (Daas) solution from Amazon Web Services. Its a hosted desktop in the cloud made for the enterprise. It allows end users to connect to…

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10 AWS Network Terms

By Jake Berkowsky | April 2, 2020

AWS networking is probably the most important thing that people don’t want to think about. While networking on the cloud is similar to traditional on-premise, there are a few key differences. Here’s a few terms that people may or may not be familiar with: VPC – Stands for virtual private cloud. Essentially it’s a managed…

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Shifting Left with Vulnerability Management

By Jake Berkowsky | October 28, 2019

Recently a friend of mine told me his company, in an effort to improve security, was launching a bug bounty program. I’m a huge fan of bug bounty programs, hiring professionals to test your code is a great way to find things you may have missed and lets your clients, employees and investors know that…

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Pritunl Zero

By Jake Berkowsky | September 22, 2019

Pritunl is an open source OpenVPN and IPSec solution that comes with a somewhat popular VPN client. Pritunl Zero fills in a few more gaps by providing zero trust access to SSH and Web Services similar to products such as Akamai EAA and Zscaller. I installed an individual server using this guide. It was relatively…

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Welcome aboard Bill Lumbot

By Jake Berkowsky | July 30, 2019

Every morning I try to follow a checklist that I wrote. I read over resumes, check out PRs, check my email accounts, etc… One critical thing I do (or did) was checked to see who forgot to log their hours from the day before (or who left the timer running). Since we are a consultancy,…

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Maturity in DevOps

By Jake Berkowsky | July 30, 2019

As a consultant, I tend to work with a variety of clients and teams all across the product maturity spectrum. Some are just starting; maybe they have an MVP, maybe they are still building it. Others have existed in their space for years. Typically, when I get called into projects, the product maturity is on…

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Why Ops?

By Jake Berkowsky | July 30, 2019

It seems the whole tech world is full of developers. Everyone and their mother (and my mother even) have learned to code and many are trying to start or change their careers to match. There are code bootcamps in every major city and it’s easy than ever to get started. Operations, however, remains a dirty…

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Scaling WordPress on AWS: An Overview

By Jake Berkowsky | July 30, 2019

Here’s a story you’ve probably heard before: A team is using WordPress to power their web app, which works great for a while, but then they start to have performance problems. They audit their installed plugins and get rid of the ones they’re not using. They add “caching” plugins to help speed up WordPress and…

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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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