HashiConf 2021 – The best Cloud Security Bits

October 22, 2021

Best bits from Hashiconf Global 2021, conference held by Hashicorp. Hashicorp is a software company who provide open source tools and products – some of their popular products Vagrant, Terraform, Vault and boundary – You can view the conference and the talks here

The opening keynote was delivered by their Co-Founders Mitchell Hashimoto, Armon Dadgar, and CEO Dave McJannet – with key themes around Zero Trust, Hybrid and MultiCloud – looking to make Zero Trust more accessible for users. Mitchell Hashimoto spoke about the challenges Developers face when deploying applications with Kubernetes  and how Waypoint assists with this. 

They also spoke about the Hashicorp Cloud Platform (HCP) and the packer service which is now in public Beta, available free to use. Some of the features highlighted included remediation, enforcing security checks and maintaining images 

Shane Petrich from Target in his talk “Managing Target’s Secrets Platform” spoke about how Target manages and maintains its enterprise deployment of HashiCorp Vault (Hashicorp’s secret management and data protection product) — everything from unattended builds, automated maintenance activities, and client onboardings.

Identity and account access is one of the first things you set up in the cloud and Austin Burdine, Mike Saraf and Yates Spearman share how Red Ventures implemented a custom Terraform solution to automate access management, meeting the requirements of various compliance frameworks

Last year Hashicorp announced Boundary, their secure remote access solution. This year at Hashiconf 2021, Susmitha Girumala and Mike Gaffney from  HashiCorp showcased what is new in Boundary with a demo of key capabilities of identity-based access, integrated secrets management with Vault and dynamic host catalogs.

  Mark Guan and Ruoran Wang from Stripe’s Service Networking Team spoke about their multi-region service networking tech stack built on Consul (Hashicorp’s service networking solution), how it works across AWS accounts and regions, federated multi-region clusters and on Kubernetes. They also generously shared the challenges they faced.

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