Join Us for Our AWS Security Webinar

Information security is more important now than ever. In the news, we see one breach after another, and the impact is huge – not just for businesses, but for consumers as well. Running a large organization means keeping tons of data, and a lot of it is going to be sensitive. Think about what would happen if that data were to fall into the wrong hands, then think about what your company is doing to keep that from happening. We’ve all got questions about security, especially on cloud platforms like AWS. This Friday, November 17, 2017, we’ll be hosting a webinar to answer some of these questions about AWS Security, and how to protect your data.

The webinar will be hosted by AWS Certified Professionals Anthony James and Christophe Limpalair. They’ll be discussing the keys to keeping your infrastructure secure, and how to avoid the mistakes that often lead to the big breaches we see so often in the news. A few of the topics will include:

  • IAM security best practices – how to control access to your resources
  • Data protection – how to protect data lakes using S3 and encryption both at-rest and in-transit
  • Detective control and incident response – how to automate detection and prevention, as well as contain incidents
  • Infrastructure security – which services and features can work to increase security across your infrastructure

Data breaches are increasingly common, and the results are increasingly harmful. Security isn’t a matter of changing a few settings in your configuration, of course. It’s an ongoing process that needs to be constantly reviewed and evaluated. But with our upcoming webinar, we hope to provide a few starting points for those new to AWS security, and tips on how to get better for those with experience.

Can’t make it to the live stream? No problem. Just register below, and we’ll send you a recording once it’s over. We hope you’ll join us!

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AWS re:Invent 2017 Event Guide – Join Us There!

We’re now only 20 days out from one of the most renowned events of the year! You may have heard of it… AWS re:Invent? The largest gathering of the cloud computing community with over 40,000 people attending, 6 campuses, over 1000 technical sessions, hackathons, boot camps, more workshops, and opportunities to get certified. Tickets are selling fast, so get your ticket ASAP! If you can’t make it this year, you can register to view the keynotes each day here.

If you are attending, hopefully you made your schedule and RSVP’d for the popular sessions – they fill up fast. But don’t lose hope just yet! We’ve got an insider tip: if the sessions you want to attend are full, note that they only reserve up to 75% of the seats, so get there early and you may have a chance to be a walk-in.

Of course, that’s not our only tip. Here’s a full list of our recommended activities, hand-picked by our team, for creating unforgettable memories to make the most of your re:Invent experience!

THINGS TO DO AT RE:INVENT 2017

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re:INVENT

Breakout Bonanza

So you’ve decided to go to re:Invent! While it’s easy to get distracted with the fun parties, vendors, and the idea of being in Vegas itself, remember the whole point of re:Invent is to learn and advance our AWS prowess, right? There are a tremendous amount of learning opportunities or breakouts to attend – it can seem overwhelming! But let’s first recap some basics:

There are three types of breakout content levels: introductory, advanced, and expert; and three different types of content types: sessions, workshops, and chalk talks. Chalk talks are brand new for 2017 and are an interactive hour-long format intended for a more intimate audience. There are also three different content venues: Aria, MGM Grande, and Venetian. re:Invent also has a plethora of session tracks, or topics, such as gaming, artificial intelligence and machine learning, healthcare, and serverless, just to name a few.

I decided to ask a couple of my peers on the AWS content team which breakouts they plan on attending and how that is going to shape our content for 2018! (more…)

AWS re:Invent 2017 Trip Giveaway Worth Up To $3000

AWS re:Invent 2017 is a couple of months away! In case you don’t know what it is, AWS re:Invent is a learning conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community. The event features keynote announcements, training and certification opportunities including over 1,000 technical sessions, a partner expo, after-hours events, and so much more! The event is ideal for developers and engineers, system administrators, systems architects, and technical decision makers. For more information, check out the agenda here.

 

With that in mind, how would you like to attend this huge event? We’re so excited to be sponsoring this, one of our BIGGEST giveaways yet! Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments are giving one person the trip of their AWS-dreams, and it could be you! Participation to enter is easy! There’s no purchase necessary to enter and new entry options are added weekly so make sure you check back for more entries!

Competition Timeline

  • September 20, 2017: Competition opens
  • October 31, 2017: Competition closes
  • November 1, 2017: Winner gets notified and has 24 hours to accept prize.
  • November 3, 2017: Winner is announced

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A New Method of AWS Training

Prologue

A few years ago, I knew nothing of the cloud – I wasn’t even working in a traditional IT job.  Throughout my 20s, I was always more of a business guy; however, in my early 30s, I started to see the handwriting on the wall: Tech, and tech jobs, were the future.  And although my work experience to this point was on the business side, I grew up with a solid foundation in tech. Back in the early 90s, I was the first in my neighborhood to get online – name any early 90’s online platform (pre-AOL), and I had an account.  I ran a side business in high school upgrading computers with more RAM, hard disk space, and modems.  I also completed a few programing classes in high school (Pascal) and college (C).  I knew computers, and I knew tech, but I left that all behind as I progressed through college.

Fast-forward to eight years later, and I found myself being pulled back.  In the late 2000s, I started to notice all these inefficiencies in the company I was working for at the time. We lacked proper data analytics, and there were numerous workflows that could be automated in various departments. I began spending evening and weekends writing up ideas for various software applications we could build to help solve these issues.  Before I knew it, the company had an in-house development team building many of my ideas. Some worked very well and were very profitable for the company; others were not.  In the end, it reignited my love for tech, programming, gadgets, hardware, and software. Around 2013, I left that company in search of a new career. (more…)

Troubleshooting EC2

Troubleshooting EC2 Connectivity Issues

Learning AWS can be a very long and daunting experience. There are dozens of primary services, each with hundreds of features to learn. However, very few things can be more frustrating than having connectivity issue when trying to access a provisioned AWS resource, like an EC2 instance.  After all, you just spent hours learning about AMIs, instance types, IP addresses, user-data, storage volumes, security groups, and key pairs.  Now you just want to actually access the damn instance and have some fun with it. But as you try to access the instance, whether by SSH or HTTP, you get one of these dreaded errors: “access denied,” or “operation timed out,” or some other variation.  Regardless of the error – you can’t log-in.

AAAAARRRGGGGGG!

Ok, so you vent a little bit – perhaps even yell at your computer.  Regardless of your frustration, you still need to figure out what is wrong.  With that in mind, I present some of the common (perhaps even simple) issues that cause many connectivity issues. (more…)

Assess, Learn, and Earn With Cloud Assessments

You’re Not an Expert Until You Prove It: Try Cloud Assessments Free!

Linux Academy is excited to announce the free public beta launch of Cloud Assessments, a new platform that allows you to prove real, hands-on skills and earn Micro-Certifications. The first Cloud Assessments offerings focus on AWS, where you can now test real ability with performance-based assessments and learn with labs. (more…)

AWS Rekognition

How Old Do I Look?

Most of us use AWS for work, but you can us it for fun too! In this post we are going to look at one of AWS’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) product offering – Rekognition.

Rekognition is a fully-managed service for image analyses. It can detect objects, scenes, and faces in images. You can even catalog the faces and then search through the pictures for the person you are looking for. Amazon uses its vast data store of images (which is why they allow you to save unlimited pictures if you have Prime) to train and improve the processing all the time, and the results are astounding. It can detect emotion, sunglasses, gender and even estimated age range of the person in the photo.

So let’s have some fun: Let’s get the profile photos of the Linux Academy team members and let Rekognition estimate their age. Now, unlike most ‘tech’ companies, we actually have female team members and I know better to bring up the age topic with a lady so we are going to make sure that we do not scan their images. (more…)