SPIFFE and SPIRE with Derek Edwards and Ryan Turner

The shift to microservices architectures and distributed systems has been a challenge for systems using conventional security practices, such filtering IP addresses using network policies. In addition, the increasing intersection of development and operations exemplified by the DevOps methodology has expanded the scope responsibilities in implementing secure systems. 

Part of CNCF, SPIFFE is a set of open-source specifications for issuing identity to services in heterogenous, distributed environments such as a cloud-native microservices architecture. Systems implementing SPIFFE bypass the need for application-level authentication and network-level ACL configuration. SPIRE, or the SPIFFE Runtime Environment, is a system that implements the SPIFFE standards to manage platform and workload attestation, providing an API for controlling policies, and coordinating certificate issuance and rotation.

Derek Edwards is the head of engineering at Anthem.ai, and Ryan Turner is a software engineer at Uber. They join the show today to talk about the challenges of managing security in a distributed system, how adopting SPIFFE represented a paradigm shift in their authentication workflow, and how the SPIFFE and SPIRE projects are evolving to meet the needs of the next generation of cloud-native applications. HPE sponsored this podcast.

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