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Identify and access management, data operations, root cause analysis, SLOs and a few interesting Kubernetes security posts and tools this week.

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Access and Identify is a deep topic, no more so when it comes to AWS. This post does a good job of explaining the current situation and related problems, and discusses potential improvements.

Gatekeeper (the Kubernetes policy enforcement tool) now has an alpha capability to mutate resources. This post is a good introduction, including an example of automatically fixing pod security admission issues.

Everyone likes the idea of a single root cause when a problem occurs. This post compares that to how we think about successes, to make the point about the fragility of looking for a singular root cause.

A detailed post on how best to audit and secure an AWS account.

A good post on service level objectives. It starts out with a good introduction, but it’s nice to see concrete examples and discussion of how to implement this in code, in this case with Ruby and Java.

If you’ve read much about SRE, you’ll probably have heard of the four golden signs of monitoring. This post provides a quick introduction and suggests some improvements and gaps.

The infrastructure for storage and usage of internal data is an ever-growing part of lots of operations teams responsibilities. This post provides a useful high level view of such a modern data platform.


Secrets and Kubernetes can be a challenge. This webhook provides one option, injecting secrets into Kubernetes resources from various secrets managers including Vault, AWS, GCP and Azure secrets managers.

Kubescape is a new security scanning tool for checking the setup of a Kubernetes cluster, based on the recently published NSA and CISA guidance.