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2021 > 12 posts

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Building a command line version of Apple's Live Text using Google Cloud

Live Text is now available in iOS and iPad OS but not macOS. I try to fix that with the help of Google Cloud in this tiny cloud project.

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How To Build Strong Security Guardrails in the AWS Cloud With Minimal Effort

Misconfigurations are the number one security concern in the cloud. Guardrails can help you prevent misconfigurations from happening. This talk shows …

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How To Run Just One Container With AWS App Runner…Hopefully

As a new user in the AWS Cloud, is AWS App Runner the service that’ll get your one container up and running quickly? This post explores that …

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How a New User Can Run Just One Container in the AWS Cloud…Maybe

As a new user in the AWS Cloud, what does it take to get one container up and running? What service do you user? How many steps are there? This post …

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What AWS re:Inforce 2021 Means for Cloud Security…and Cybersecurity in General

The second installment of AWS re:Inforce was entirely virtual and gave a great view of the state of security in the AWS Cloud. Here’s what the …

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TFiR: Does The Cloud Hold The Key To Security Nirvana?

A discussion about the evolution of security in the cloud. Security is now becoming a critical piece of a developer’s pipeline, what does that …

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RSAC 2021

A purely digital RSAC 2021 kicks off looking back at a challenging year and to the challenges ahead for the security community.

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Ten Years of Cloud Security

The AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service turns 10 years old today. While it’s a fantastic service that keeps adding features, it …

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What Do You Want To Learn?

I recently made a career move and it’s allowed me to re-double my efforts in the community. What do you want to learn about cloud and security?

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Debunking 30 Enduring Myths of Cloud Security

No other technology revolution has induced more fear, uncertainty, and doubt for so long than the cloud. This post explores the “why” of …

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Super Feeds

It’s hard to keep track of all of the amazing content on the web. To help, I’ve created a few “super feeds” for your favourite …

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Adding Guardrails To A Cloud Account After The Fact

Setting a new cloud account well is reasonably simple, but what about accounts that are already active? Here are some tips to add guardrails after the …

2020 > 16 posts

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AWS re:Invent 2020, Week Three

Week three of three (!) for AWS re:Invent 2020 kicks off and this post will be my “live blog” for the week. Check back often for …

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Mistakes Were Made. Lessons Were Learned

There’s always more than one way to solve a problem. That’s a big advantage of AWS, but it can also be overwhelming to deal with. You will make …

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AWS re:Invent 2020, Week Two

Week two of three for AWS re:Invent 2020 kicks off and this post will be my “live blog” for the week. It will be neither …

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Building Event Driven Applications With Amazon EventBridge

Amazon EventBridge helps build loosely coupled applications that scale independently and makes it easier to integrate cloud-based applications and …

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Security Best Practices the AWS Well Architected Way

As you continually evolve your use of AWS products and services, it’s important to consider ways to improve your security posture and take advantage …

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Monitoring Production Services at Amazon

To operate services, Amazon relies on having high-fidelity visibility into how its systems behave and the user experience, whether that’s using AWS …

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Andy Jassy Keynote, AWS Re:Invent 2020

Coverage of the keynote of AWS re:Invent 2020 where Andy Jassy delivers new services, features, and more.

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AWS re:Invent 2020, Week One

Week one of three for AWS re:Invent 2020 kicks off and this post will be my “live blog” for the week. Check back often for reactions, …

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AWS Re:Invent 2020

AWS re:Invent is always jam packed with new content. This post is a road map for my content during this three week virtual event.

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AWS re:Invent Hot Takes

AWS launches a mountain of new features leading up to and during AWS re:Invent. Here’s the list of announcements for 2020 and my perspective on …

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The Ultimate Guide to AWS re:Invent 2020

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This post lays out what you need to know to get the most out of the 2020 edition of this amazing event.

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2020 AWS re:Invent Ultimate Guide

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This year it’s an entirely virtual experience spread over 3 weeks. This post will help you get …

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Applying the Well-Architected Framework, Small Edition

The Well-Architected Framework is a set of principles that can help you find the ideal build for the problem at hand…regardless of the size of …

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The Unicorn Project Through a Security Lens

The Unicorn Project is the latest book from Gene Kim, one of the leaders of the DevOps movement. The book focuses on developer enablement and culture. …

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Let's Talk Cloud - Season 2

The second series of my live streaming series for Trend Micro. In it,I speak to various cloud leaders about what’s happening in cloud.

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Cloud Madness

A Cloud Guru is hosting Cloud Madness. Thirty two cloud services face-off over four rounds but only one will be crowned the champion. Here’s my …

2019 > 9 posts

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Let's Talk Cloud - Season 1

In this live streaming series for Trend Micro, I speak to various cloud leaders about what’s happening in cloud.

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Strong Security Made Simple

Organizations struggle with extending their security practices to the cloud. Traditional approaches don’t work, and new cloud-only practices duplicate …

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3 Years of Serverless Security

Serverless architectures help you and your team focus almost entirely on delivering business value. They also break almost every existing security …

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The Sky Is Falling Run

Cybersecurity is topic that comes up regularly as something you have to do…or should do…or are forced to look at by your security team. But why? There …

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Advanced Security Automation Made Simple

Security is often misunderstood and addressed in the last stages of a build. Operationally, it’s ignored until there is an emergency. In this talk, we …

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The Ultimate Guide to AWS re:Invent 2019

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This post lays out what you need to know to get the most out of the 2019 edition of this amazing event.

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Serverless Is An Ops Model

Serverless architectures are a fantastic solution to a lot—not all—design challenge. The benefits they bring are substantial and they can reduce the …

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Stadia & Secure Access Design

Google recently announced a new, all-in-the-cloud gaming service called Stadia. For gaming fans, there’s a lot of potential that—fingers …

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Cloud Costs & Security

A recent survey from RightScale showed a lot of confusion around cloud computing costs. The common take away? Organizations are surprised at how high …

2018 > 6 posts

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Amazon Alexa Everywhere

Amazon announced a host of new “Alexa enabled” devices last week. What are the implications for your privacy at home?

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Security in Devops

The DevOps movement is the single biggest opportunity security teams have had in a long time. The goal of DevOps is speed and innovation. That goal …

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The Ultimate Guide to AWS re:Invent 2018

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This post lays out what you need to know to get the most out of the 2018 edition of this amazing event.

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AWS San Francisco Summit 2018 Recap

All the news and notes from the 2018 AWS Summit in San Francisco

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Working With Data

There’s a lack of easy-to-use tools for “average” users to analyze their data. In today’s world, that means something.

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Voice Interfaces

Voice is going to play a huge role in the future. What are the security and privacy challenges?

2017 > 2 posts

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The Ultimate Guide to Your First AWS re:Invent

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This post lays out what you need to know to get the most out of your first time at this amazing show.

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4 Principles for Hybrid Cloud Success

Four principles to help you navigate a cloud migration and the realities of hybrid cloud.

2016 > 1 posts

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5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of AWS re:Invent 2016

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This post gives you the top five things to focus on to get the most out of the 2016 edition.

2015 > 1 posts

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5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of AWS re:Invent 2015

AWS re:Invent is the best conference in cloud. This post gives you the top five things to focus on to get the most out of the 2015 edition.

2014 > 18 posts

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Exploring AWS Lambda

Great content from @marknca

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Shared Responsibility Examples: Shellshock

The shared responsibility model defines how the cloud works. This post examines how Shellshock impacts that model.

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Shared Responsibility Examples: POODLE

Recent vulnerability “POODLE” demonstrates how the shared responsibility model helps reduce your security workload.

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Shared Responsibility Examples: The Re:Boot

The shared responsibility model is simple to explain but challenging to implement. This post examines how the models works for the latest Xen …

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AWS Expands to Frankfurt

AWS continues to expand it’s global network with the opening of a new region in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Cloud Security: Shared Responsibility in Action

Great content from @marknca

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Automating Security on Azure

Microsoft hosted it’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference and the focus on was Microsoft Azure. I delivered a talk focused on how to automate …

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The Code Spaces Nightmare

Code Spaces is the worst case scenario. A simple misconfiguration in the cloud cost them their business.

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A Pragmatic Approach to Scaling Security in the Cloud

Cloud computing is more than just fast self-service of virtual infrastructure. Developers and admins are looking for ways to provision and manage at …

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Security on Azure

How does security work in the Azure cloud? This post lays out the basics.

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Getting Up to Speed on Azure

Microsoft Build 2014 kicks off a new era for Microsoft. One that will (hopefully) transform the company and focus on building out their cloud; Azure.

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AWS Summit San Francisco 2014

As AWS opened their summit series for 2014, 5000+ people packed into the Moscone Center. There was a ton of energy in the air and I got to talk about …

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Security Operations: The Big Picture

What does a modern security practice look like in the cloud? How do each of the area change?

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Updating Forensics for the Cloud

Forensics is an area that’s often lacking in corporate environments. Few people have time to truly dig into an incident after it’s been …

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Updating Network Security Monitoring for the Cloud

Network security monitoring is changing dramatically in the cloud as more and more responsibilities are shifted to the Cloud Service Provider. How …

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Updating Incident Response for the Cloud

Incident response is often overlooked by everyone outside of the security team. In the cloud, automation and cooperation reign supreme.

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Updating Security Operations for the Cloud

The cloud is a fantastic opportunity to improve your security posture…but only if you update how you handle operations.

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Changes in the Cloud Discussion

The cloud security discussion has changed from ‘should we’ to ‘how do we’. Here are the top issues you should be tackling.