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

IoT devices borked https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/28/amazon-aws-s3-outage-is-breaking-things-for-a-lot-of-websites-and-apps/

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/happens-one-site-hosts-entire-internet/

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:

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/content-tracks/security-risk/major-ddos-attack-on-dyn-disrupts-aws-twitter-spotify-and-more/97176.fullarticle

Realistic IR exercises need to examine the ‘ultimate’ bad…

Even if you’re in ‘suspend reality’ mode

https://theoutline.com/post/1166/programmers-are-confessing-their-coding-sins-to-protest-a-broken-job-interview-process

http://blog.interviewing.io/you-cant-fix-diversity-in-tech-without-fixing-the-technical-interview/

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

Programming Interviews Exposed

LOVED this idea….

https://letsjusthackshit.org/platypuscon2016.html

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