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An Introduction to Cloud Computing: Many Clouds in the Sky

A couple of days ago, I posted an article about Penetration Testing within AWS. I made comment on the different kinds of testing within this kind of environment however I didn’t add much detail regarding the kinds of environments – as I was speaking specifically of AWS.

So I decided to break things down a little further:

Part 1. An Introduction to Cloud Computing (you are here)

Part 2.  An Introduction to Penetration Testing AWS: Same Same, but Different

Part 3. An Introduction to PenTesting Azure

 

I’m going to do a short piece here to discuss a little more about the concepts of cloud itself, for those who haven’t made the jump. What is cloud computing? Microsoft neatly defines it as “the delivery of computing services over the Internet, typically charged based on usage.” Whereas Amazon words it as: on-demand delivery of IT resources via the internet with pay-as-you-go pricing.

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An Introduction to Penetration Testing AWS: Same Same, but Different

Introduction

When penetration testing Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments there are different perspectives the assessment could consider, some are very similar to external infrastructure/web application assessments and some are different.

I’ll separate the things that are the same from the things that are different to traditional penetration testing by considering the following types of cloud testing and then breaking each one down into the kinds of testing that could take place:

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Equifax Breach Timeline

Summary

In 2017 Equifax were breached, the breach was discovered on July 29[5] and an announcement was published on Sept 7.[5] It wasn’t the largest breach of all time, and not even of 2017, but it was big and the data was sensitive. Over the two weeks following the announcement, Equifax stock fell from 142.72 to 92.98 (34.58%)

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Winning the Popularity Contest

Recently I took a look at a new social media/dating website and noticed an interesting feature – the site had a sort of “popularity contest” of sorts which runs every 30 days. Users vote on other users, scoring them out of 10 and whoever gets the most points wins their place at the top of the highscore table as officially the “Hottest Member”. So naturally I wanted to win!

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