EC2 Security Revisited

A couple of weeks ago I was teaching Learning Tree’s Amazon Web Services course at our lovely Chicago area Education Center in Schaumburg, IL. In that class we provision a lot of AWS resources including several machine instances on EC2 for each attendee. Usually everything goes pretty smoothly. That week, however, we received an email […]
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The Cloud goes to Hollywood

Earlier this week I attended a one day seminar presented by Amazon Web Services in Los Angeles entitled “Digital Media in the AWS Cloud”. Since I was involved in a media project recently I wanted to see what services Amazon and some of their partners offer specifically to handle media workloads. Some of these services […]
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Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, and Cloud Security (Yes, there is a connection!)

To only slightly paraphrase the original: Stable clouds are all alike, every unstable cloud is unstable in its own way. Information assurance considers three major aspects of information security: Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability. Availability is about keeping the information around. The concept is pretty simple. But you can always dig a little deeper into the […]
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What’s With All The Linux, I Thought We Were Talking About The Cloud

As Larry Ellison has famously observed, people use “cloud computing” to mean everything, and therefore nothing. In with the buzzwords, out with the meaning. Take anything that involves two computers and a network connection, and someone is going to call it cloud computing. Or if you are going to use virtualization: some people rationalize this […]
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Yes, Virginia, You Seem To Have A Problem

The most popular Amazon Web Services region has the most problems.  What is going on? Amazon’s US-East region is nominally referred to as “Northern Virginia”, although that’s just its main or at least most prominent geographic location. This region includes so-called Edge Locations throughout the eastern United States, including three sites in New York city […]
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