2017-008-AWS S3 outage, how it should color your IR scenarios, and killing the 'whiteboard' interview
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If you were under a rock, you didn't hear about the outage that #Amazon #Web Services (#AWS) suffered at the hands of sophisticated, nation-state... wah?
"an authorized #S3 team #member using an established #playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process. Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended."
Well... okay, so for companies that do regular IR response tests and have a good majority of their assets and production in cloud based services, is it time to discuss having the 'extreme' scenario of 'What do we do when [AWS|Azure|Google Compute] goes down?'
We also discuss an article about #developers who want to get rid of the #whiteboard #interview... is it as #discriminatory as they suggest, or is it just devs who aren't confident or lacking #skills trying to get hired? (see show notes below for links)
Finally, we talk about Ms. #Berlin's talk she will be giving at #AIDE on 6-7 April. It's gonna be a "hands-on" talk. What do we mean? Listen to our show and find out.
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CFP closes 27 march 2017
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AWS S3 outage (hopefully more information by the end of the week)
Massive outages - many sites down
TL;DR of the S3 outage - "an authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process. Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended."
Brian: Water sprinkler story…
Do we put too much stock in Amazon?
Email Story time: Recent IR exercise
Mostly AWS shop
“If we suspend reality” drinking game
World War Z “the 10th man”
Not the 1st time AWS was involved in an outage:
Realistic IR exercises need to examine the ‘ultimate’ bad…
Even if you’re in ‘suspend reality’ mode
No problem with copy/paste, hunting up functions, etc
Problem comes when failure to understand the code you’re using, and the integration of that code therein
LOVED this idea….
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