The Relevance Lab Chef Factory Advantage

The guest blog post below is written by Relevance Labs, one of our ChefConf Online Sponsors. Today, with Chef making their entire product stack open source, they will now have their own distribution that will be sold under a subscription arrangement. If you are a Chef user, upgrade to the latest version (16.2.73) and gain […]

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Chef Compliance + Rezilion Cloud Workload Protection = Desired State Enforcement

The guest blog post below is written by Rezilion, one of our ChefConf Online Sponsors. Legacy approaches to software compliance and security often involve preventive controls that are time-consuming and require manual processes and workflows. Things like access policies, procedures, standards, and network firewalls are cumbersome and restrictive, they were designed for less flexible development […]

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Testing Windows DNS SIGRed Vulnerability with Chef InSpec

It’s not DNS.  There’s no way it’s DNS. It was DNS. A system administrator’s haiku, many have uttered before. Today it rings true once again. CVE-2020-1350 is a vulnerability found in _all_ versions of Windows Server DNS back to 2003. Found by the folks at Checkpoint, this is a highly critical vulnerability. Not only does […]

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What is Application Definition?

Application definition is the process of creating a codified operational runbook. It formalizes the process of describing in code everything an application needs to be built, run, and managed. By openly defining in code all of the requirements for building, running and maintaining an application at the outset, we not only gain consistent delivery across […]

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Cyber Security for Australian Government, National Critical Infrastructure providers and Enterprise using Chef Compliance

On Friday, June 19th 2020, the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called a snap press conference to reveal that the nation was under cyber-attack by a state-based actor.  Following this, the nation’s infosec advice agency said that while the attacker had gained access to some systems it had not conducted “any disruptive or destructive activities […]

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Automated Application Rollback with Chef

This is a follow up to the post Automated Rollback the Ultimate Application Release Insurance Policy in which we discuss key implementation considerations related to application rollback and rollforward. Chef Habitat is an open-source automation solution that enables you to define, package and deliver your applications to any environment without rewriting or refactoring. The software […]

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Automated Application Rollback Insurance for Release Teams

Sometimes in IT certain terms take on a life of their own. They push past their original meaning and become something different, rollback is one of these terms. In the language of enterprise IT, “rollback” means getting the system back into a working state. This ensures a system can be immediately restored if a system […]

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