The Most Excellent Learnings of CloudNative SecurityCon 2023

By ControlPlane

Zero Day

At the inaugural CloudNative SecurityCon, ControlPlane kicked off the week’s events with a Zero Day training event in partnership with AWS and Ergonautic. We were live-breaking and securely re-building K8S and cloud native systems. To open up the day, talks were heard from Ergonauts Andrew Clay Shafer, Sasha Rosenbaum, and Jabe Bloom on driving value change for security teams. Their framing set the tone; look at the complete picture of your system which is not only confirmed by the platform and apps, it also includes the people. From there, ControlPlane’s very own Marco De Benedictis got technical matters into gear combining salient modules from ControlPlane’s advanced Kubernetes security, and Threat Modeling Kubernetes courses. To wrap up the day, Amazon’s Jeremy Cowan contextualised the training by providing a detailed view on EKS security.

The event had a great turnout with prominent guests in attendance. Everyone had a lot of fun breaking, learning, and rebuilding alongside each other. ControlPlane will host further events like this one around future conferences and community events.

Cloud Native Security Con, Seattle, February 1 - 2

The first day of the conference saw keynotes featuring luminaries such as Emily Fox (YouTube), Liz Rice (Youtube), Brandon Lum, Zack Butcher (Youtube), Brian Behlendorf (Youtube), and Loris Degioanni (Youtube). Andy Martin and Andres Vega were graced by the opportunity to share the stage with such distinguished speakers that encompass the leadership of our community, to speak about “Learn by Hacking: How to Run a 2,500 Node Kubernetes CTF” (YouTube).

Cloud Native Security Con Keynote

Overall, CloudNative SecurityCon was a spectacular success for ControlPlane, where through the delivery of the day-long Cloud Native Capture The Flag, we were able to help players see ahead, connect and apply what they heard from the event talk sessions, and gain practical skills to be even sharper security practitioners.

Kudos to all participants who played, including Greg Castle and the GKE security team, Jay Beale (who runs the DEFCON K8s CTF with Inguardians), and Isovalent Field CTO Duffie Cooley, long-time collaborator and teacher to players of the game.

CTF GKE Aside from the CTF, ControlPlane also led two other sessions. A threat modelling teardown session “Security Threat Modeling Live from Scratch Session” (YouTube), and the talk “Avoiding IAC Potholes with Policy + Cloud Controllers” on OSCAL (using Kyverno, Crossplane, OSCAL, and Defence Unicorn’s Lula) (YouTube).

And friends and peers in the cloud native security community were met and made!

As usual, swag was aplenty — especially ControlPlane’s high-quality fleece-lined hoodie, incredibly warm and perfect for the exquisite chill of Seattle winters.

Event Swag

ControlPlane distributed 50lbs worth of swag to CTF winners and worthy questioners. If you feel you missed out, drop us a line and we’ll ship you some!

Huge thanks to all the hard work put in by the organisers, we look forward to the Security Village at Kubecon EU, and running another event in EMEA time. As usual, if you’re interested by our work in CNCF TAG Security drop into a call and introduce yourself.

We’ll be a State of Open Con in London this week! If you’d like to talk about open source and cloud native security our CEO Andrew Martin will be around. Contact us to book a chat.

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