Build Systems that Drive Business
30–31 Oct 2018: Training
31 Oct–2 Nov 2018: Tutorials & Conference
London, UK

Hands-on security workflow with InSpec

Mandi Walls (Chef)
14:0017:30 Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Building Secure Systems
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral
Secondary topics:  Systems Architecture & Infrastructure
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Prerequisite knowledge

  • A working knowledge of a text-based editor such as vi/vim or nano

Materials or downloads needed in advance

  • A laptop with an SSH client, such as OpenSSH or PuTTY, installed (The workshop will be run using Linux test hosts.)

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to work with and create comprehensive security and compliance profiles with InSpec


InSpec is a human-readable language for creating and operating security and compliance profiles for your infrastructure. Mandi Walls offers an introduction to working with and creating comprehensive security and compliance profiles with InSpec. You’ll use a number of open source tools to establish a workflow for ensuring compliance of your infrastructure throughout the software development life cycle.

Topics include:

  • What is InSpec?
  • Using InSpec to run public profiles locally and remotely
  • Customizing public profiles for your site
  • Writing InSpec profiles for your applications
  • Using InSpec to verify your cloud infrastructure
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Mandi Walls


Mandi Walls is a developer advocate at Chef. Mandi travels the world helping organizations increase their effectiveness using configuration management and modernizing IT practices. Previously, she ran large web properties for AOL, including,, and Moviefone. She’s a regular speaker at technical conferences and is the author of Building a DevOps Culture, published by O’Reilly. Mandi holds a master’s degree in computer science from GWU and an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler.