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October 20 2022

To be announced shortly.

Location: Utrecht

18:00 - 18:15 - Reception of attendees

18:15 - 19:00 - Food and beverages

19:00 - 19:15 - Welcome and OWASP updates

19:15 - 20:00 - Attacking and Defending Kubernetes by Akshit Sharma and Mauricio Cano

20.00 - 20:15 - Break with drinks

20:15 - 21:00 - Second talk by ..

Attacking and Defending Kubernetes


Organizations are increasingly moving to cloud-based managed Kubernetes deployments given the numerous benefits over self-managed deployments. However, it comes with different security and monitoring considerations. The reason behind these differences lies in the different management models used by different cloud service providers, which most of the time depend on the proposed Shared Responsibility Model.
This talk discusses some common security misconfigurations for Kubernetes clusters and how attackers can exploit them via live demonstrations. We will then focus on a custom cloud-native security monitoring solution built in AWS. The goal is to alert relevant stakeholders of potential misconfigurations and active breach attempts on an Amazon EKS Cluster. As mentioned above, this talk includes live demonstrations of some of the use-cases that have been implemented. The implemented solution leverages AWS native tools, as well as an infrastructure-as-code template for rapid deployment across accounts. Finally, we discuss potential use cases for this solution and propose a general roadmap for improvements and future capabilities.
This talk will be especially useful for individual contributors or professionals who want to understand and develop in-house security monitoring tools for Kubernetes without the need for expensive third-party platforms.

Akshit Sharma:

Akshit is a cyber security consultant focused on Cloud Security and DevSecOps. He has over six years of experience working with numerous clients in different industries. He has focused on conceiving, designing, and implementing security programs with special focus on building integrations and automation accelerators. He was the lead implementer of a cloud-native security monitoring solution for one of the largest Dutch financial institutions. His academic background is in the field of Information Technology. Outside work Akshit likes delving into the topic of international relations, going on hikes, listening to music, traveling and enjoying good food.

Mauricio Cano:

Mauricio Cano is a cloud pentester focused on container technologies. In particular, he focuses on the security of containers and serverless architectures. He has pentested Kubernetes clusters and serverless architectures for several multinational financial institutions. Prior to his security work, he has a background in academia and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Groningen, focused on programming language design and formal methods to ensure correctness. In his spare time, Cano enjoys reading, cooking, and solving puzzles.