April 2016

AWS Monthly Review - April 2016

AWS is innovating fast. This is a summary of what happened during past month. Announcements and News CloudFormation adds support for EC2 Dedicated Hosts, improves handling of ECS and allows you to specify a name for a Lambda function. (Official Announcement) Define CloudWatch event rules with CloudFormation. (Official Announcement) Kinesis Firehose adds Elasticsearch as additional target for your streaming data. Other supported targets are S3 and Redshift. (Official Announcement) Two important feature a...

Avoid security credentials on GitHub

Your AWS account is a valuable target for bad guys. With access to your security credentials an attacker is potential able to steal sensitive data, utilize resources on your costs, or sabotage your infrastructure. Two years ago AWS and their customers observed that bad guys started to crawl public GitHub repositories for security credentials granting them access to AWS accounts. Turns out even the most cautious engineer commits secrets to public GitHub repositories from time to time. We are all humans! W...

Free ebook: Building and Deploying Applications on the Cloud

Free ebook: Building and Deploying Applications on the Cloud

DZone published a new guide: Building and Deploying Applications on the Cloud. It contains an article from Michael and me: Building Blocks for Highly Available Systems on AWS. The ebook contains the following articles: Fullstack Engineering in the Age...

Antivirus for S3 Buckets

Antivirus for S3 Buckets

Many of our AWS consultancy clients ask me: “How can we make sure that the files that we store on S3 are virus free?” As always, our clients are looking for simple and cheap solutions. That’s why I developed S3 VirusScan. Every file that is added to a...

Manage AWS EC2 SSH access with IAM

Manage AWS EC2 SSH access with IAM

AWS can deploy one EC2 Key Pair to your EC2 instance. But this approach has several disadvantages: You can only use one key per EC2 instance. But you shouldn’t share keys between users. Access to EC2 instances via SSH can not be restricted to specific ...

New Online Training - Automating AWS with CloudFormation

New Online Training - Automating AWS with CloudFormation

Michael and I have joined Pluralsight as authors for online trainings. I have worked on a course about Infrastructure as Code with CloudFormation during the last two months. I’m excited to announce that my first course was released: Automating AWS with ...

New CloudFormation Templates - NAT Gateway, Static website, Security

New CloudFormation Templates - NAT Gateway, Static website, Security

We released four new CloudFormation templates. Using our Infrastructure as Code templates will help you to bootstrap common setups on Amazon Web Services (AWS) within minutes. Our templates are exclusively designed for AWS CloudFormation, the Infrastruc...

Event Driven Security Automation on AWS

If your developers create their own infrastructure in minutes, who cares about security? In some organizations the security teams become the new bottleneck if the company wants to deploy every commit to production. Because manual reviews can’t be done for every commit. Teri Radichel’s paper Balancing Security and Innovation With Event Driven Automation shows how you can use AWS to tackle the security bottleneck problem. I will shortly summarize her work and encourage you to read the whole paper and have ...


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