Security Awareness Training in Five Minutes

Episode Summary

This week in security news: move fast and break things does just that, three ways to improve your organizations cyber security awareness, Corey offers some Twitter musing on security, re:Quinnvent is returning yet again! Say tuned for more to come there and check out the rest of this week’s updates!

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: I’ll be hosting a drinkup-slash-meetup at Optimism Brewery in Seattle tonight at 7 p.m. if you’re in town, stop on by and let me buy you a drink. And of course, re:Quinnvent approaches if you’re interested in keeping up with what my nonsense looks like, check out

Corey: Let’s see what happened in the world of security last week. Lydia Leong of Gartner has been on a tear lately. Don’t be surprised when ‘move fast and break things’ results in broken stuff is her latest and an important read. The goal isn’t to slow things down; it’s to build guardrails that mean you can move fast, safely. That’s the goal of security, to provide safety, not impenetrable blockers to getting work done. Forget this at your own peril.

I also wrote my own Security Awareness Training in the form of a Twitter thread. It’s like a normal version except it’s funny. Don’t discount that, though; it’s not a joke. If you make people laugh, you’ve gotten their attention. If you have their attention, then you’ve got a chance to teach them something.

What’d AWS have to say about security last week? Correlate security findings with AWS Security Hub and Amazon EventBridge. So, let me get this straight. AWS sells and charges for Amazon GuardDuty, Amazon Macie, Amazon Inspector, and Amazon Detective, but still wants you to wire stuff together yourself in order to correlate events? How are they so good at the technology bits and so very bad at the ‘tying it all together with a neat presentation’ part?

Corey: This episode is sponsored in part by something new. Cloud Academy is a training platform built on two primary goals: having the highest quality content in tech and cloud skills, and building a good community that is rich and full of IT and engineering professionals. You wouldn’t think those things go together, but sometimes they do. It’s both useful for individuals and large enterprises, but here’s what makes this something new—I don’t use that term lightly—Cloud Academy invites you to showcase just how good your AWS skills are. For the next four weeks, you’ll have a chance to prove yourself. Compete in four unique lab challenges where they’ll be awarding more than $2,000 in cash and prizes. I’m not kidding: first place is a thousand bucks. Pre-register for the first challenge now, one that I picked out myself on Amazon SNS image resizing, by visiting—C-O-R-E-Y. That’s We’re going to have some fun with this one.

Three ways to improve your cybersecurity awareness program. It would seem that one of them isn’t, “Google for ‘Azure Security September’ and stand back.” I like the three points—which are: to be sure to articulate personal value, be inclusive, and weave it into workflows—because they’re not technical, they’re psychological. That’s where security, just like cloud economics, starts and stops. It’s people more than it is computers.

And Amazon releases free cybersecurity awareness training. Unfortunately, the transcript is all of 700 words long. This is a problem. Part of the reason you have a program to train staff on cybersecurity awareness is so you can make a good-faith argument that when you inevitably suffer an attack, you’d done all that you could to train folks on proper security behaviors. Unfortunately, a training program that’s made of fewer words than this podcast episode seems unlikely to be convincing.

And now to the tool. Remember when I talked about being able to enumerate roles and account IDs via public calls, but AWS said it wasn’t a problem? Meet Quiet Riot, a tool built to do exactly that in bulk. This is going to be a problem that AWS will have to acknowledge at some point. It’s your move, folks.

An AWS inventory collection tool called aws-recon that focuses on security-relevant metadata is a useful thing to have. The first and surprisingly difficult step of securing a cloud environment is understanding and enumerating what the heck’s running inside of it. I’m astounded that the only first-party answer to this remains ‘the bill.’

And finally, I found a Terraform module that deploys a Lambda to watch CloudTrail and report to Slack—got all that? Good lord—whenever certain things happen. Those things include root logins, console logins without MFA, API calls that failed due to lack of permissions, and more. This might get noisy, but I’d consider deploying at least the big important ones.

And that’s what happened last week in AWS security. I’ll talk to you next week.

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

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