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Tracking Your CloudFlare DNS Configuration By Alistair Pialek Email is a mission critical application that is relied on to power business communication and collaboration capabilities on a day-to-day basis. It is a vital component of modern business and being able to send and receive email is of paramount importance. If you were to make a list of applications to track and control configuration changes of, email would be at the top of that list. Underpinning web and email communication, a businesses DNS zone file ranks as one of the most important configuration files you have probably never heard of and should certainly be continuously monitored. Even stored in the cloud through a service such as CloudFlare, changes to your DNS zone file can still occur causing disruptions to mission critical applications such as email, which is what today's scenario will explore. ... (more)

Declarative vs. Imperative Models By @ScriptRock | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Declarative vs. Imperative Models for Configuration Management: Which Is Really Better? As a group of concepts, DevOps has converged on several prominent themes including continuous software delivery, automation, and configuration management (CM). These integral pieces often form the pillars of an organization’s DevOps efforts, even as other bigger pieces like overarching best practices and guidelines are still being tried and tested. Being that DevOps is a relatively new paradigm - movement - methodology - [insert your own label here], standards around it have yet to be codifie... (more)

Integrating Security into #DevOps By @ScriptRock | @DevOpsSummit

Three Steps for Integrating Security into DevOps The fate of CSO John in The Phoenix Project is a good parable for illustrating the dynamic and often conflicted relationship between Security and IT Operations. Security can either become a separate, obscure, and increasingly irrelevant group that everyone else resents-sounds pretty good, huh?-or it can be integrated into broader framework of the development cycle. Security John goes through a mental breakdown before finally understanding how to adapt and survive, but it doesn't have to be that hard. Security and DevOps Before the... (more)

Chopping Up the Can By @ScriptRock | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Chopping Up the Can: How to Get More Done By Greg Pollock Today, DevOps is the latest and greatest in making work efficient. Before that, Agile called on us to rework our development process. If we keep going back we eventually reach Frederick Winslow Taylor and the birth of scientific work management. Taylor famously (or infamously) measured the time needed for every action in a production process. While degrading for workers, it was also effective. Taylor was able to pay higher wages because he made workers more efficient. IT workers can't be "Taylorized"-they need to make deci... (more)

Using GuardRail to Validate Windows SChannel Update

Using GuardRail to Validate Windows SChannel Update We've seen a landslide of vulnerabilities announced in the last few months, fromShellShock to Poodle, and it looks like that trend will only continue. The discovery of a critical vulnerability in Windows SChannel-and the even worse problems introduced with a hasty patch-has added a heap of unplanned work for Windows IT pros. GuardRail provides a really easy way to validate that the update has been successfully applied and the registry keys deleted. In addition to giving you validation that patches have been applied now, our Scha... (more)