The Cloud (whatever it really is) is the future (of whomever taking advantage of it). This is how information security experts see the outsourcing technologies based on virtualisation and application containment. Ankit Giri explains at DeepSec 2019 what defenders need to be aware of and how you can test your security controls before your adversaries do this. (Pen)Testing the Cloud The intent here is to highlight the fact that pentesting cloud environment comes with legal considerations. AWS (Amazon Web Services) has established a policy that requires a customer to raise a permission request to be able to conduct penetration tests and vulnerability scans to or originating from the AWS environment. We can focus on user-owned entities, identity and access management, user permissions configuration and use of the AWS API integrated into the AWS ecosystem.
Sometimes you have to get dirty, sometimes it’s fun to get dirty. No it’s not what might come to mind, it’s about the dirty business of information security: you have to break things to see if they are secure enough and to learn about weak points. But what to break? Your own systems? Someone else’s systems? Best is to stay clean when selecting your target for the dirty business (we talked about offensive security recently). Most fun are “Capture the Flags” challenges, also known as war-games, which are frequently offered to the security community to test abilities and learn new stuff. I recently found a CtF challenge that looked quite fun and we started a 2-day session at the Metalab, the Hackerspace in Vienna with a group of 6 or 7 people with different