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first visit @aws meetup nuremberg

12 Feb 2019 - mrtn

after subscribing to the meetup itself a while ago, today is the first occasion i made it to the aws meetup in nuremberg. the topic that caught my attention and made me leave my cozy home was Zero Trust in AWS. Eduardo Rocha, Senior Sales Engineer and Security Analyst at GlobalDots, will give an overview about the implementation of zero trust concepts on Amazon Web Services.

Eduardo started out with explaing the Zero Trust concept in general. The perimeter is dead, because the way we work changed (fuck yeah!) - people tend not to drive in the same office building every day. They are travelling between customers, working on the go or simply stay at home where they work. In addition to that, there has been a change in how companies do IT. Instead of maintaining a huge and costly datacenter, they started using the solutions cloud providers like aws offer. Scale on demand and use hosted services instead of maintaining everything by themselves. To re-create something that is similar to the oldschool perimeter of the past would have two effects:

So he explained, that it makes sense to operate under the assumption that you are navigating in hostile waters. to mitigate this and as one key element, he identified exhaustive logging and verifying.

so the proposed solution, that his company is dog-fooding already: adopting a cloud perimeter

Unfortunately, we got stuck discussing performance issues, scalability and wether or not this is something new instead of focussing on the concept in general - i would have been really interested, how they implemented trust in that system. are things like geolocation, time of the day, device-id’s etc taken into consideration, when the controller decides if you can access the services?

Afterwards there was another talk about siemens mindsphere and there was pizza - unfortunately i had to leave a bit early, because it was already getting late.

Although i was a bit disappointed of the technical depth and the way the discussion took, i’ll be definately be back at the aws meetup. and it got me curious, what direction and implementations of zero trust techniques we will see over the course of the next few years.