Changing the pink for the blue pill – my next adventure

During the past decade, I have been working in several architect and consulting roles with different focus areas, starting with Windows Server 2003 to 2016, passing Hyper-V, Active Directory, Exchange Server, and ending with Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft 365. What they all had in common was my dedication to enterprise and cloud security and, looking back, I can say that it was a wild trip. Now, in spring 2020, the time has come for me to move ahead and leave the MVP community. Wait…what?!

One afternoon in Winter 2019/2020, I had a long conversation with somebody from Microsoft’s Azure Security Center product team. We chatted about current features, features to come (or not to come), customers’ needs, basically, the (NDA) stuff I’ve been enjoying as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for all the years. Being a Microsoft MVP means a very lot to me. Continue reading “Changing the pink for the blue pill – my next adventure”

Mastering Azure Security – my latest adventure

I hope, all of you are safe and sound during these challenging times. With this article, I want to inform you about my newest release – a book about Azure Security which I’ve co-authored with my friend Mustafa Toroman.

One day in early summer 2019, when I was sitting in my home office working on some Azure Security Center demos, my friend Mustafa sent me a message to tell me about his idea of writing a book about Azure Security. He already had an initial plan, however, he didn’t want to write the whole book on his own and so he asked me if I was interested in co-writing. Well, I was, and now I’m very excited that we are at the final stage of publishing our work within the next few weeks. Continue reading “Mastering Azure Security – my latest adventure”

RBAC in a modern DevOps world

As I can see in my blog’s stats, and as I can hear from feedback I get from attendees of my talks, Terraform, ARM Templates, and Infrastructure as code obviously are some of the hottest topics to talk and write about nowadays. In this context, I’ve recently often been asked how identity governance, role-based access control, the principle of least privilege, segregation of duties, and security come together in a modern DevOps world. Well, hold my beer…

Howdy folks!

Infrastructure-as-code tools like ARM templates and Terraform are more and more used to deploy infrastructure solutions. In general, these tools run within the context of a service principal so there needs to be an account with high privileges – at least high enough to deploy a given type of resource in your cloud environment. However, in terms of security, it seems to be hard to adhere to the principles security experts tend to suggest, like segregation of duties, role-based access control, the principle of least privilege, and so on. Really? Well, let’s first have a closer look at some of these principles. Continue reading “RBAC in a modern DevOps world”

Microsoft MVP 2019/2020

Hello community,

I know, it’s been a long time without new posts and I’m sorry for that but it’s been a very busy first half of 2019 and for the second six months of the year it’s not really going to change.

My two consecutive MVP diplomas in my home office.
Two consecutive MVP diplomas in my home office.

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Terraform – use Azure KeyVault secrets during deployments

In the second part of my Terraform blog series I explain how to access Azure KeyVault secrets during deployments and how to get your external IP address to refer to in a Network Security Group rule. Happy deploying.

Howdy folks,

in my last article I explained how to configure Terraform so you can use it to securely deploy Azure resources. Today I want to go one step further and provide you some information about how to deploy an Azure VM including all depending resources using Terraform. Continue reading “Terraform – use Azure KeyVault secrets during deployments”