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Sep 30–Oct 1, 2018: Training
Oct 1–3, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Ship of fools: Shoring up Kubernetes security

Ian Coldwater (Heroku)
4:45pm–5:25pm Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Building Secure Systems, Kubernetes
Location: Gramercy Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Resilient, Performant & Secure Distributed Systems

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with containers and basic knowledge of Kubernetes

What you'll learn

  • Understand how to secure your Kubernetes clusters


Hackers gonna hack. They have their own motivations, and they don’t care about your constraints. As attackers, they want to find vulnerabilities and exploit them. As a defender, your mission is to stop them. Mistakes can be easy to make, but with the right configuration and attention to security best practices, many attacks can be prevented.

Ian Coldwater offers practical advice about securing your Kubernetes clusters, from an attacker’s perspective. Ian walks through the attack process from discovery to postexploitation and shares tools and techniques that can be used for prevention. Join in to learn how to keep your infrastructure safer by making a hacker’s job harder.

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Ian Coldwater


Ian Coldwater is a DevSecOps engineer turned red teamer who specializes in breaking and hardening Kubernetes, containers, and cloud native infrastructure. In their spare time, they like to go on cross-country road trips, capture flags, and eat a lot of pie. Ian lives in Minneapolis and tweets as @IanColdwater.

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10/24/2018 5:50am EDT

Hi, do I get slides from Ian’s presentation?