Our re:Invent 2022 guide: security & networking

Josh Lopez Partner, Cloud Adoption at Versent

Josh Lopez

Partner Cloud Adoption, Versent

November 10, 2022

In the countdown to AWS re:Invent, Josh Lopez our GM of Cloud and AWS Ambassador shares his thoughts on which sessions will benefit your digital transformation journey. Josh is passionate about sharing his experience and knowledge of AWS and, ahead of AWS re:Invent in Vegas this month, has studied the event guide with a view to ensuring he’s at the sessions that he can get the most out of.

Not long now until AWS re:Invent 2022 is upon us and whether you’ll be travelling to Las Vegas or absorbing all the content digitally, I’ll give you my take on the must see Security & Networking sessions. If you haven’t yet registered, head over to https://reinvent.awsevents.com/register/ and you’ll be able to take in all the below sessions.

The following are sessions that I recommend you register for, and I’ve provided sessions if you’re in Las Vegas and sessions if you’re watching along digitally.

If you’re in-person at Las Vegas, here are my recommendations

  • Implementing DevSecOps pipelines with compliance in mind
    Date & Time: Tuesday, November 29 @ 11:45AM – 12:45PM PT
    Type: Chalk Talk
    Overview: In this chalk talk, review a DevSecOps CI/CD pipeline that includes software composition analysis, static application security testing, and dynamic application security testing.
  • AWS CIRT toolkit for automating incident response preparedness
    Date & Time: Tuesday, November 29 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PT
    Type: Builders’ Session
    Overview: At AWS, the Customer Incident Response Team (CIRT) creates tools to support customers during active security events and to help them anticipate and respond to events using simulations. In this builders’ session, CIRT members demonstrate best practices for using these tools to enable service logs with Assisted Log Enabler for AWS, run a security event simulation using AWS CloudSaga, and analyse logs to respond to a security event with Amazon Athena. Note: It requires a laptop to participate.
    More details: https://portal.awsevents.com/events/reInvent2022/sessions/SEC303-R
  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy evaluation in action
    Date & Time: Monday, November 28 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT
    Type: Workshop
    Overview: In this workshop, you be able to dive deep into the logic of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy evaluation. Gain experience with hands-on labs that walk through IAM use cases and learn how different policies interact with each other. Note: It requires a laptop to participate.
    More details: https://portal.awsevents.com/events/reInvent2022/sessions/SEC401-R
  • AWS Network Firewall and DNS Firewall security in multi-VPC architectures
    Date & Time: Tuesday, November 29 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PT
    Type: Workshop
    Overview: This workshop guides participants through configuring AWS Network Firewall and Amazon Route 53 Resolver DNS Firewall in an AWS multi-VPC environment. It demonstrates how VPCs can be interconnected with a centralized AWS Network Firewall and DNS Firewall configuration to ease the governance requirements of network security.
    More details: https://portal.awsevents.com/events/reInvent2022/sessions/SEC302-R

If you’re watching digitally or in-person Las Vegas, here are my recommendations

  • Zero Trust: Enough talk, let’s build better security
    Type: Breakout Session
    Date & Time: Thursday, December 1 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PT
    Overview: Zero Trust is a powerful new security model that produces superior security outcomes compared to the traditional network perimeter model. In this session, see real-world architectures that bring the tenets of Zero Trust to life.
    More Details: https://portal.awsevents.com/events/reInvent2022/sessions/SEC405
  • Leaping ahead: The power of cloud network innovation
    Date & Time: Wednesday, November 30 @ 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT
    Type: Leadership Session
    Overview: Dave Brown, VP of Amazon EC2 Networking and Compute Services will share the history of AWS networking and how its growth and innovation continues to this day—helping unleash your creativity and make leaps forward in what’s possible.
    More details: https://portal.awsevents.com/events/reInvent2022/sessions/NET211-L
  • Governance and security with infrastructure as code
    Date & Time:
    Monday, November 28 @ 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM PT
    Type: Breakout Session
    Overview: In this session you will learn how to use AWS CloudFormation and the AWS CDK to deploy cloud applications in regulated environments while enforcing security controls. Also, will learn how to catch issues early with cdk-nag, validate your pipelines with cfn-guard, and protect your accounts from unintended changes with CloudFormation hooks.
  • A day in the life of a billion requests
    Date & Time:
    Wednesday, November 30 @ 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM PT
    Type: Breakout Session
    Overview: Every day, sites around the world authenticate their callers. That is, they verify cryptographically that the requests are coming from who they claim to come from. In this session, learn about unique AWS requirements for scale and security that have led to some interesting and innovative solutions to this need.
    More details: https://portal.awsevents.com/events/reInvent2022/sessions/SEC404

Re:invent is all about learning how to continue to transform your organisation using the latest services provided by AWS. The full re:Invent session catalog is now live so you’ll be able to tailor the experience to your needs. Enjoy re:invent and keep on transforming & modernising your workloads!

I’m always excited to showcase the art of the possible in AWS. I can’t wait to see what more will be possible after this year’s re:invent. Next week I’ll tell you about my pick of the data and analytics sessions.


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