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basic knowledge of *nix/bash command shell • basic knowledge of the Git version control system • basic hands-on experience with AWS CloudFormation • basic knowledge of Python 3 programming
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develop automated tests to verify the AWS CloudTrail configuration • develop a CodeBuild pipeline that will trigger on changes to the infrastructure as code
Eric Kascic
1 week · 8 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE

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In this liveProject, you’ll ensure that Qrypto Tremolo’s security team can make incremental, verifiable changes to its AWS CloudTrail configuration. To achieve this, you’ll develop a suite of automated tests and CI/CD CodeBuild pipelines to deploy and test changes across the organization.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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Eric Kascic

Eric Kascic is a software developer with 25 years of professional experience. He has developed software solutions across a variety of business domains including telecommunications, medical imagery, and financial services. He has developed embedded, desktop, and server-side software, and has specialized in creating build, deployment, and test automation systems.

Since 2013, he has primarily focused on the AWS platform. At Stelligent, a boutique consulting firm that traditionally specialized in CI/CD, DevOps, and AWS automation, he developed CI/CD solutions for the AWS platforms of financial services companies. In developing infrastructure-as-code solutions, security was a primary focus. Eric invented the cfn_nag tool in 2016 to perform static analysis on CloudFormation templates to help customers prevent deploying unsecured AWS resources (such as those missing encryption or with overly permissive access).

He is currently a principal security engineer at a financial services company where he develops software to support security processes including automation of AWS IAM role creation, as well as a platform to detect and remediate insecure AWS resources across hundreds of accounts. Eric has published several articles relevant to security automation in AWS, including articles about cfn_nag, IAM, CloudFormation, and CI/CD.


This liveProject series is intended for security engineers with intermediate experience in AWS and infrastructure as code. You will need to be familiar with the following:

  • Basic knowledge of *nix/bash command shell, including pipes, redirection, command substitution
  • Basic knowledge of the Git version control system
  • Basic hands-on experience with AWS CloudFormation
  • Basic hands-on experience with the AWS CLI
  • Intermediate knowledge of AWS accounts and AWS Organizations
  • Basic knowledge of Python 3 programming including: lists, dicts, loops, comprehensions, functions, conditionals
  • Basic knowledge of AWS CodeBuild will be helpful
  • Intermediate understanding of cloud computing and the AWS platform
  • Basic understanding of “infrastructure as code”
  • Basic understanding of security concepts
  • Basic understanding of CI/CD principles will be helpful

Note: For all milestones in this project beware that it costs money to deploy AWS resources and leave them running. The costs depend upon the type of resource.

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll deploy your AWS CloudFormation templates and develop pytest tests to verify their configuration. Then you’ll fit the deployment and test execution into CodeBuild pipelines to allow for quick changes in production.

  • Develop automated tests to verify the AWS CloudTrail configuration
  • Develop a CodeBuild pipeline that will trigger on changes to the infrastructure as code


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