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CLOSE your admin ports 22 and 3389 to “” 

One of the best things you can do to protect your AWS instances is to ensure your users NEVER use the default ‘launch-wizard’ Security Group that leverages “” for your administrative access over ports 22 or 3389.  Not using the … Continue reading

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2018 AWS Security Specialty Exam: Updated July 2018

Finally, it’s here! I’ve compiled a list of resources and videos to help you study! AWS Certified Security – Specialty Exam   Official Exam Guide First, here is the pdf of the  AWS Exam Guide for the  SCS-C01 Now, here is … Continue reading

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Know yourself – The Power of an accurate Security Inventory

With all of the security product blitz and focus on the newest and most shiny cool thing, there is one fundamental Security practice that must not be forgotten. It’s not sexy, you won’t find flashy posts about it with cool … Continue reading

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us-central-1 ? A new AWS Central Region in Colorado?

From time to time I see jobs pop up on my LinkedIn that are targeted to me by machine intelligence looking at my profile and probably some secret LinkedIn algorithm sauce. The one below one caught my eye for a … Continue reading

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Why I let my CheckPoint CCSA Expire

                                              CheckPoint won’t stop emailing me about my expired Certification!  This is the third email I have received … Continue reading

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AWS Guard Duty Automation: Using Lambda to shut down a compromised instance

After getting a working CloudWatch Rule that would actually generate SNS events for GuardDuty all medium and high alerts – the work was not done. SNS by itself is not enough, still requires a human to go in and do … Continue reading

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Passed AWS Solutions Architect Pro Exam!

Very happy to share!   Obliviously, no specifics can be shared due to the exam NDA, but I can recommend topics you should study and give my thoughts here.  I also had an ‘event’ in the middle of the exam where … Continue reading

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