Episode Summary

In security news: 1Password University has been announced, an AWS workbook for the Kiwis, and some super “Secretive” expirmentations in open-source. Check out this weeks episode for Corey’s take!

Episode Show Notes & Transcript


Corey: This is the AWS Morning Brief: Security Edition. AWS is fond of saying security is job zero. That means it’s nobody in particular’s job, which means it falls to the rest of us. Just the news you need to know, none of the fluff.

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Corey: So, it’s been an interesting week in the world of AWS security, and a light one. And that’s okay. 1Password introduced 1Password University, and I’m interested in it, not because I expect to learn a whole lot that I didn’t know before about security, but because this might be able to replace my current, fairly awful Security Awareness Training.

See, a lot of companies have contractual requirements to provide SAT to their staff and contractors. Most of them are terrible courses that actively push crap advice like, “Rotate your password every 60 days.” This has the potential, just based on my experiences with 1Password, to be way better than that. But we’ll see.

“Things are different in the cloud,” is something of a truism, and that applies as much to penetration testing as anything else. Understanding that your provider may have no sense of humor whatsoever around this, and thus require you to communicate with them in advance, for example. There was a great interview with Josh Stella, who I’ve had on Screaming in the Cloud. He’s CEO of Fugue—that he will say is pronounced ‘Fugue’, but it’s ‘Fwage’—and he opined on this in an article I discovered, and interview, with quite some eloquence. I should really track him down and see if I can get him back on the podcast one of these days. It has been far too long.

now, from the mouth of AWS Horse. There’s a New AWS workbook for New Zealand financial services customers, and that honestly kind of harkens back to school: unnecessary work that you’re paying for the privilege of completing. But it is good to be able to sit down and work through the things you’re going to need to be able to answer in a world of cloud when you’re in a regulated industry like that, and those regulations vary from country to country. You can tell where the regulations around data residency are getting increasingly tight because that’s where AWS is announcing regions.

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Corey: And of course, a tool for the week. I’ll be playing around with Secretive in the next week or two. It’s an open-source project that stores SSH keys in a Mac’s Secure Enclave instead of on disk. I don’t love the idea of having my key material on disk wherever possible, even though I do passphrase-protect it.

This stores it in the Mac Secure Enclave and presents it well. I’ve had a couple of problems on a couple of machines so far, and I’m talking to the developer in a GitHub issue, but it is important to think about these things. I, of course, turn on full-disk encryption, but if something winds up subverting my machine, I don’t want it to just be able to look at what’s on disk and get access to things that matter. That feels like it could blow up in my face.

Corey: And that’s really what happened last week in AWS security. It’s been a light week; I hope you enjoy it, there is much more to come next week, now that I’m back from vacation.

Corey: I have been your host, Corey Quinn, and if you remember nothing else, it’s that when you don’t get what you want, you get experience instead. Let my experience guide you with the things you need to know in the AWS security world, so you can get back to doing your actual job. Thank you for listening to the AWS Morning Brief: Security Editionwith the latest in AWS security that actually matters. Please follow AWS Morning Brief on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Overcast—or wherever the hell it is you find the dulcet tones of my voice—and be sure to sign up for the Last Week in AWS newsletter at lastweekinaws.com.

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