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Creating a CIS Level 1 Hardened AWS AMI

Creating a CIS Level 1 Hardened AWS AMI

A security baseline configuration defines a set of agreed security configurations that an organization requires to be set during deployment of an infrastructure component such as an operating system. This allows such an organization to implement systems in an efficient and standardized manner as well as ensure that all infrastructure components meet a set of minimum security requirements. The Center for Internet Security (CIS) provides well-defined industry best practice security benchmarks to help organizations assess and improve their infrastructure security….

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Leveraging Cloud for Data Protection Compliance

Leveraging Cloud for Data Protection Compliance

Over the last couple of years, countries have adopted data protection regulations, appreciating the need to protect citizen data against unauthorized or unlawful processing, loss, theft, destruction, or damage. Such regulations include the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Kenya Data Protection Act (KDPA) and the Uganda Data Protection and Privacy Act (UDPPA). Organizations of all sizes are required to comply with the data protection regulations as long as they collect and/or process customer data in their business operations. Many Small…

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Securing Android Application User Sessions

Securing Android Application User Sessions

Android application developers grapple with implementing user sessions that provide seamless user experience without compromising on application security. Android framework provides the option to use SharedPreferences, which is an easy and efficient way to store a small amount of key-value data especially for persisting user sessions. SharedPreferences however store data as plain text and therefore not ideal while storing sensitive data such as access keys and passwords as well as Personally Identifiable Information (PII). OWASP Mobile Top 10 highlights Insecure…

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