AWS Hardening

Over the last couple of years I have been involved with over 20 AWS deployments during various stages and the first thing that I always do is enable a couple of the key AWS services. Most people would probably turn these on for application monitoring but these are tools that can also be used to “soft harden” an AWS environment. This is not the holy grail of security but it’s good to get into the habit of turning these on and using them. Before I set things up to turn these on, I run through a checklist of what needs to be done:

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AWS EC2 Container Services Octopus Deploy

Octopus takes over where your Continuous Integration server and other devops tools end, enabling you to easily automate even the most complicated application deployments, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

AWS provides a v2 image registry and is available through their EC2 Container Serivice offering.

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AWS Loft

So today I got a nice little nudge from a friend of mine at AWS who reminded me that the AWS Loft sessions are going to be in London soon.. Has it been a year already ? Basically, the AWS Loft is a place for the cloud types to go and hang out, have a coffee (or tea if you are into that kind of thing) have a chin wag with an SA and/or join in a session to get more hands-on with AWS

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AWS Getting Started

Definition: Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a comprehensive, evolving cloud computing platform provided by Amazon.com. Web services are sometimes called cloud services or remote computing services. The first AWS offerings were launched in 2006 to provide online services for websites and client-side applications.

The question that I get asked most of the time is “How do I get started with AWS?” That’s fairly simple, or at least was simple back in 2007 when there were three core services unlike now where there are over 60, Jumping in can be a scary but well worth it But back to the original question how to get started.

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