DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #479 - 1st March 2020

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Several security posts this week following on from RSA, as well as posts on extending Kubernetes, using production analytics to ensure safe rollouts of complex systems and more.

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News

An excellent talk from RSA on the intersection of governance, risk and compliance with devops practices.
https://www.rsaconference.com/usa/agenda/how-to-grc-your-devops

Conftest, the Open Policy Agent based tool for testing infrastructure as code, now has a handy plugin model. This post covers a few examples, for Kubernetes and AWS, and explains how to build your own.
https://www.blokje5.dev/posts/conftest-plugins/

A look at Gandalf; an intelligent, end-to-end analytics service for safe deployment in cloud-scale infrastructure.
https://blog.acolyer.org/2020/02/28/microsoft-gandalf/

An interesting set of examples and exercises around Kubernetes security, looking at built-in Kubernetes capabilities.
https://securek8s.dev/exercise/

Another RSA talk, this one looking at the potential for attackers who know how Kubernetes works under-the-hood. Some pretty nefarious ideas demonstrated well.
https://www.rsaconference.com/usa/agenda/advanced-persistence-threats-the-future-of-kubernetes-attacks-3

One of the advantages of Kubernetes as a platform is it’s extensibility. This post looks at two mechanisms for this; adding your own scheduler and creating an an operator.


https://wgtwo.com/blog/extending-k8s/

A low-level look at how the logging framework Fluentd gathers metadata from Kubernetes.
https://www.zebrium.com/blog/how-fluentd-collects-kubernetes-metadata

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Tools

Dispatch is an open source crisis management orchestration framework. IT integrates with Slack, Google Apps, Jira, etc. to make it easier to react to assembling participants, sending out notifications, tracking tasks, and assisting with post-incident reviews.
https://medium.com/@NetflixTechBlog/introducing-dispatch-da4b8a2a8072
https://github.com/Netflix/dispatch

Ever wanted to query your Kubernetes cluster using SQL? Kube Query provides a bridge between osquery and Kubernetes to do just that.
https://blog.aquasec.com/kube-query-osquery-kubernetes-clusters

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