Episode Summary

This week in security news: GoDaddy gets hammered, AWS proclaims you can connect Amazon MSK clusters over the internet, Megan O’Neil enters the AWS security fray, and more!

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: “Security is Job Zero” according to AWS. Next week I’ll have a fair bit on that I suspect, since this week is re:Invent. Let’s see what happened before the storm hit.

IBM put out its annual Cost of a Data Breach Report which is interesting, but personally I find it genius. This is how you pollute SEO for the 
search term ‘IBM Data Breach’, which is surely just a matter of time if it hasn’t already happened.

Speaking of, GoDaddy effectively got its ass handed to it in a security breach last week. We found out of course via an SEC filing instead of GoDaddy doing the smart thing and proactively getting in front of it. Apparently they were breached for at least two-and-a-half months, nobody noticed, and 1.2 million people got their admin creds stolen. I can’t stress enough that you should not be doing business with 

And to complete the trifecta, ‘Millions of Brazilians’ is a fun thing to say unless you’re talking about who’s been victimized by an S3 Bucket Negligence Award; then nobody’s having fun at all.

The AWS security blog had a few things to say. “You can now securely connect to your Amazon MSK clusters over the internet.” Wait, what? What the hell was going on before? Were you unable to access the clusters over the internet, or were you able to do so but it was insecurely? This is terrifying framing.

AWS Security Profiles: Megan O’Neil, Sr. Security Solutions Architect.” I really dig these! The problem is that the AWS security blog only really seems to put these out around major AWS conferences when there’s a bunch of other announcements. I’d love it if more of the AWS blogs would do periodic “The faces, voices, and people that power AWS” profiles because I assure you, most of the people building the magic never take the stage at these conferences.

There was another profile of Merritt Baer. Who is a principal in the office of the CISO, and she’s an absolute delight. One of these days, post-pandemic, we’re going to try and record some kind of video or other, just so we can name it “Quinn and Baer it.”

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Corey: And of course, “Macie Classic alerts that derive from AWS CloudTrail global service events for AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and AWS Security Token Service (STS) API calls will be retired (no longer generated) in the us-west-2 (Oregon) AWS Region.” See, that’s one of those super important things to know, and I hate how AWS buries it. That said, don’t use Macie Classic because it is horrifyingly expensive compared to modern Macie.

And from the tools and tricks area, I discovered permissions.cloud last week and it’s great. The website uses a variety of information gathered within the IAM dataset and then exposes that information in a clean, easy-to-read format. It’s there to provide an alternate community-driven source of truth for AWS identity. It’s gorgeous as well, so you know it’s not an official AWS product.

And that’s what happened in AWS security. Thank you for listening. I’ll talk to you next week if I survive re:Invent.

Corey: Thank you for listening to the AWS Morning Brief: Security Edition with the latest in AWS security that actually matters. Please follow
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