With great power comes great responsibility Uncle Ben

This famous phrase is just as relevant in the realm of technology as it is in superhero comics. And when it comes to the power of infrastructure-as-code (IaC), the responsibility to secure it is particularly great.

In his latest Security Zines, Rohit Sehgal illustrates where and how things could go wrong if no guardrails are correctly set up to protect the cloud infrastructure of a company. Misconfigured systems and resources are the leading cause of security failures.

As a refresher, IaC allows organizations to define and manage their infrastructure using code, rather than manually configuring resources. This can greatly improve efficiency, automation, and consistency in managing infrastructure. However, it also introduces new security risks if not properly implemented and managed.

As with any powerful technology, it's crucial to approach IaC with a strong understanding of its potential risks and how to mitigate them.

Learn how to detect Terraform misconfigurations with ggshield

The GitGuardian's CLI, ggshield, was recently updated to support IaC misconfigurations scanning: it's as easy as  ggshield iac scan path_to_iac_main_folder.

To get started with IaC Scanning, you only need a GitGuardian account! This feature is free for all GitGuardian customers at the moment.

Get started with this new feature here:

Introducing Infrastructure as Code Security Scanning
Now protect your infrastructure at the source code level!

Or learn the best practices for infrastructure-as-code here:

Best Practices for Securing Infrastructure as Code (IaC) in the DevOps SDLC [cheat sheet included]
Discover the best practices and tools to secure your infrastructure as code (IaC) throughout the DevOps software development lifecycle. From threat modeling to monitoring, this comprehensive guide offers valuable insights to improve the security, reliability, and consistency of your IaC.
Infrastructure as Code Security: Security Tools - GitGuardian
With DevOps, we try to manage our infrastructure using pure code. Since all our infrastructure is managed by code, the security of the code that actually manages the infrastructure is crucial. This article looks at how we can keep our infrastructure as code secure.
9 Extraordinary Terraform Best Practices That Will Rock Your Infrastructure
This “best practices” article aims to tell you something you haven’t read a hundred times. This article won’t give you the answer to everything because there isn’t one right answer that fits all. It aims to make you think about your unique situation and make the best decisions in accordance.

Finally,  check out our public documentation for more information on IaC security scanning capabilities.

Security Zines is a project led by Rohit Sehgal, Staff Security Engineer at Ethoslife. Check out his work at securityzines.com/#comics and give him a follow on Twitter @sec_r0 to see what he comes up with next!