Authorization with API Gateway, Cognito and React

I've been experimenting with using Amazon Cognito User Pools in conjunction with the Amplify Javascript library to handle user authentication in our Single Page applications. One of the problems I ran into was finding a way to restrict my API to only be accessible to authorized users. Cognito, API Gateway, and Amplify made this easy to do. Configure API Gateway From your API Gateway settings in the AWS Console, select Authorizers, and then choose Create new authorizer. Enter in the...

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Performing Digital Forensics on an AWS EBS Volume

As a fellow Ops Engineer on the WebOps team here at Custom Ink I try to make InfoSEC a high priority and exercise 'best practices' when it comes to building out Infrastructure. However, as you're probably aware, ugh... 'stuff' happens! 😜 This post will be a relatively deep dive into a fairly recent compromise we experienced and details on conducting a digital forensics analysis on an AWS EBS volume.

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Integration Testing React Apps with Cypress

What is Cypress? Cypress is an end to end testing framework for JavaScript apps. It helps you run and automate tests on the browser for your entire web experience. Cypress uses a headless browser to navigate through your app and perform user actions following a set of test scripts. This is a quick post on getting started with Cypress in your React app, explores some of its cool features for integration testing, and how to add Cypress to your Travis...

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Let's Get Visual With Processing

I recently started mentoring graduates from Lambda School and while reviewing my mentee’s resume (he’s super creative and looking for work in the Virginia area!!!) I saw on his resume under skills ‘Processing’ at first I thought it must of been a typo…I was wrong.

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Sidekiq Rundown Part 1: Getting Started with Simple Workflows

What is Sidekiq? At Custom Ink we leverage Sidekiq as a job scheduler to execute batch processing workflows. This post is part of a series, "Sidekiq Rundown," where we will explore various features of Sidekiq. Sidekiq enables us to efficiently parallelize jobs/tasks reliably and sidekiq queues allow the workloads to stack up. The main point of utilizing a job scheduler is to manage the background execution of jobs that orchestrate business activity automation. Using an open-source technology solution like Sidekiq...

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