DevSecOps: The anatomy of a unicorn

For the past few months I have spent quite a bit of time interviewing candidates for DevSecOps positions, we are not looking for any one particular position. We have a need for a number of people with differing levels of seniority/experience. However this has been a largely unsuccessful task. As a result I have spent…

Sitting the CISSP exam


So I finally was able to go to a test centre to sit my (ISC)2 CISSP exam, I was initially planning on doing this in April but the lockdown stopped me. I have spent the past month watching a number of Pluralsight courses, reading the study guide, and spent two weeks going through practice tests….

Managing Azure Network Traffic with Network Security Groups

Azure Network Security Groups (NSG) are a core tool that enables you to control the network traffic flow within an Azure Virtual Network. A Network Security Group is a collection of stateful layer 3/4 allow/deny rules, that can be associated with either subnets or individual network interfaces. In this post I hope to cover the basics of how NSGs can be used to manage the traffic within an Azure environment and provide segmentation as part of a zero trust solution.

I’ve written off April

April has just disappeared, I have been used to working from home for periods of time; but this is different. I have found it very hard to work remotely with clients I have not had any face to face contact with, and the daily grind has been very hard going. To top it off, when…

Azure Premium SSD now supports burst mode

Microsoft have made a number of changes to their Premium SSD managed disk service, 3 new small sizes (4, 8, & 16 GiB) and have also introduced burst mode for disk sizes P20 and below (<= 512GiB). Disk bursting allows your disks to increase both IOPS and Throughput for up to 30 minutes, this capability…