Okta and Ubiquiti Duel For Negative Attention

Episode Summary

Last week in security news: Okta is still in the headlines, Paul Vixie takes a new gig, Ubiquiti sues Brian Krebs, and more!

Episode Show Notes & Transcript

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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: A somehow quiet week as we all grapple with the recent string of security failures from, well, take your pick really.

A bit late but better than never, Okta’s CEO admits the LAPSUS$ hack has damaged trust in the company. The video interview is surprisingly good in parts, but he ruins the, “Third-party this, third-party that, no—it was our responsibility, and our failure” statement by then saying that they no longer do business with Sitel—the third-party who was responsible for part of this breach. Crisis comms is really something to figure out in advance of a crisis, so you don’t get in your own way.

Paul Vixie, creator of a few odds and ends such as DNS, has taken a job as a Distinguished Engineer VP at AWS and I look forward to misusing more of his work as databases. He’s apparently in the security org which is why I’m talking about today and not Monday.

And of course, as I’ve been ranting about in yesterday’s newsletter and on Twitter, Ubiquiti has sued Brian Krebs for defamation. Frankly they come off as far, far worse for this than they did at the start. My position has shifted from one of sympathy to, “Well, time to figure out who sells a 10Gbps switch that isn’t them.”

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AWS had an interesting post: “Best practices: Securing your Amazon Location Service resources”. AWS makes a good point here. It hadn’t occurred to me that you’d need to treat location data particularly specially, but of course you do. The entire premise of the internet falls apart if it suddenly gets easier to punch someone in the face for something they said on Twitter.

And two tools of note this week for you. Access Undenied parses AWS AccessDenied CloudTrail events, explains the reasons for them, and offers actionable fixes. And aws-keys-sectool does something obvious in hindsight: Making sure that any long-lived credentials on your machine are access restricted to your own IP address. Check it out. And that’s what happened last week in AWS security. Continue to make good choices because it seems very few others are these days.

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