Threat Modeling Simplified

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by Sari Greene I cringe each time I hear the oft repeated declarations that “every company will be compromised” and that “it isn’t a matter of if, but when”. These statements are the basis of the FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) driven cyber sales machine. What is closer to the truth is that Internet connected… Read more »

Fun with Docker Swarm

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What is Docker Swarm? Docker Swarm is native clustering for Docker. It allows you create and access to a pool of Docker hosts using the full suite of Docker tools. With the increased attention of containerization and microservices, Docker is an obvious choice for development and perhaps production. How can an Infrastructure team leverage shared… Read more »

Dig into National Cyber Security Awareness Month with these Safari Titles

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In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015, we have put together a list of some of the newest and most popular security titles available in Safari.     Abusing the Internet of Things by Nitesh Dhanjani The Internet of Things is growing everyday and the potential threats that can affect a future with millions of… Read more »

IP Addressing for Documentation

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By Brad Edgeworth Brad Edgeworth, CCIE No. 31574 (R&S & SP), has been with Cisco since 2011 as Systems Engineer and Technical Leader. Formerly a network architect and consultant for various Fortune® 500 companies, his 18 years of IT experience includes extensive architectural and operational work in enterprise and service provider environments. IP Addressing for… Read more »

Super-Charged Chef Cookbook Development

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Creating a Fast Chef Development Environment I recently had a six-hour flight across the country to visit our Boston office, and thought I’d get some work done using the Internet on the plane. I was trying to debug why a Chef community cookbook (‘application_python’) wasn’t working for me. The airplane wireless was fairly slow, which made pulling down packages and Chef cookbooks… Read more »

Exploring PostgreSQL temporary table explosions with Docker

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This post will detail what I learned about PostgreSQL temporary tables, how to take some preventative measures, give some examples of how to test your work using Docker, and why I cared at all. First, some background I was awoken at 3am by PagerDuty telling me the disk for one of our database nodes was filling… Read more »

Building Docker Images with Chef Provisioning

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What is Chef Provisioning? Chef Provisioning is a drop-in library for Chef that gives developers and infrastructure teams an added dimension of automated system configuration: the ability to bootstrap and install a series of OS and configuration deployments onto “bare metal”. There are a variety of drivers that can be used as bare metal abstractions, including Docker, LXC, Fog… Read more »

Chef with Vagrant and Test Kitchen: Getting Vagrant and Tools

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Developing Chef cookbooks gets easier every day… once you know the rules.  Over the past 2 years, we at Safari have seen great things from the Chef community and it keeps getting better.  However, because the community is innovating so quickly, much of the How-To’s in the wild are out of date.  Articles documenting the… Read more »

Embracing HTTP/2

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Why HTTP/2? HTTP/2 is an upcoming standard that will significantly improve web page delivery. It’s coming in February 2015 according to the HTTP/2 working group and is expected to be widely adopted because it’s an easy way for sites to make web pages load quicker and save bandwidth – meaning a better customer experience and money saved. I learned about it by watching the chair of the… Read more »