Minimizing attack surface of containers running cloud workloads

When:  Feb 20, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CT)

We live in a world where every time you share information online it is at significant risk of being compromised. Responsibility for protecting that data falls to everyone -- developers, architects and providers. With security at the forefront of everyone's concern, how are cloud providers meeting these security concerns while still allowing businesses to rapidly provision services to meet business needs on-demand?

In this meetup we'll review container security: the concepts, tips and tricks, and see what others in the industry are doing. Overall, we'll analyse general attack surfaces of containers, to understand how best to minimize this surface area. Specific attack vectors and known exploits will be looked at, and we can see how to prevent these. To illustrate by example, we'll build out a website frontend and backend that needs to process sensitive personal information, and have it protected in flight and at rest.

Topics Covered:
- Docker and Kubernetes introduction
- Overview of container security and where the industry is going
- Specific technology introductions
- Live installation and configuration of a web application

Please join us Thursday afternoon, February 20th, at the Austin IBM Innovation (Customer Briefing) Center located on 11501 Burnet Road. Food and drinks will be provided, please RSVP.


6:00-6:30 PM Members arrive and enjoy free food and drinks
6:30-7:30 PM Presentation
7:30-8:00 PM Open Q&A

About the Speakers:
Dr. Chris Poole is a Developer Advocate, currently at IBM. He has experience developing container hosting platforms (based on Kubernetes), as well as transaction processing systems, API management solutions, and DMZ network devices. His intellectual capital consist of contributions to 24 issued patents worldwide, with more having been filed.
Twitter: @chrispoole
LinkedIn: @chrispoole643

Jenn Francis is a Developer Advocate, currently working at IBM. She has experience teaching customers how to develop using blockchain technologies, containers, B2B technologies and various integration technologies. Throughout her career she has worked as an enterprise architect advising large, multi-national companies on their IT resources to achieve business objectives. It was in this role she developed her passion and interest in working more with developers who are driving the business innovation.

Map & Directions:
Event Location & ParkingThe entrance to the IBM campus is off of Burnet Road. The meeting will be held in the Executive Briefing Center in Building 904 - the building at the front and center of the campus. After entering the lobby through the rotating doors, turn right. The Executive Briefing Center is at the end of the lobby, where an IBMer will be waiting.

(Note: this event is joint sponsored by the Austin Cloud Technology MeetUp)


IBM Campus
Building 904, Austin IBM Innovation (Customer Briefing) Center
11501 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78758