24 DevOps Pros Reveal the Most Important Characteristic of a Successful DevOps Engineer

There’s no precisely defined career track for DevOps engineers because they’re typically developers or sysadmins who develop an interest in other aspects of operations — such as network operations, deployment, or coding and scripting. Yet with more companies turning to DevOps to deliver products and updates more rapidly, there’s a growing demand for these multi-faceted professionals, and they’re playing an ever-more prominent role in modern companies.

Without a clear-cut career track to lead to a role as a DevOps engineer, companies hire and promote these professionals based on past experience and skillsets. But what characteristics are most important to ensure success as a DevOps engineer? To gain some insight into the skills, talents, and traits that today’s top DevOps engineers need in order to succeed, we reached out to a panel of DevOps pros and engineers and asked them to answer this question:

“What is the most important characteristic of a successful DevOps engineer?”

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SLDC, SOC 2, and Other Four Letter Words

Developers gonna develop. That’s why we’re developers. We want to set some implementation goal and then make that a reality. We like to stay heads down and focus on the immediate task at hand. Unfortunately, this can sometimes cause collateral damage. Secondary objectives can get ignored or even trampled in the race to meet the primary target. It’s also likely that other promising developments will get missed as they fall off the main path. Dealing with these issues is one of the many functions of compliance regulations.
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20 Dev Leaders and Hiring Managers Reveal Their Favorite DevOps Interview Questions

We champion a security-first DevOps culture at Threat Stack, and I’ve had the opportunity of building DevOps best practices into the company since its earliest days. In our experience, this is the best way of simultaneously reducing risk and achieving peak operational efficiency.

Getting the right players on your DevOps team is crucial to this goal, of course. But how do you filter out the star players from the mediocre? Beyond a careful analysis of a candidate’s background and experience, asking the right interview questions can reveal valuable insights that make it possible to find the ideal candidate to complement your existing team’s skill sets and personalities.

To find out what questions today’s dev leaders turn to during interviews for these all-important insights, we reached out to a panel of hiring managers and dev team leaders and asked them to answer this question:

“What’s your favorite DevOps interview question (and why)?”

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DevOpsDays Austin Recap: Getting Back to Basics

What’s old was new again at DevOpsDays Austin last week, with the 7th annual conference featuring fewer attendees, the elimination of sponsor tables, and a format that put the focus back on knowledge-sharing and human interaction. Running May 3–4 at the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, the conference was an interesting exercise in returning to the roots of DevOpsDays, and the payoff was quality presentations and conversations. Read on for a few of the highlights. Read more “DevOpsDays Austin Recap: Getting Back to Basics”

Three Unique Things About DevOpsDays Austin 2018

I’ve always found DevOpsDays to be some of the best gatherings for practitioners — the people in the trenches every day. I’m a regular at these events and consistently learn a ton from my peers — it’s some of the best DevOps training you can get! And I often get the chance to talk about some of my own experiences as well. At the April DevOpsDays in Denver, I had the opportunity to share some advice on integrating security into DevOps.

The upcoming Austin summit promises to switch up the format a bit, focusing more on interactions between practitioners and less on preselected talks. Ernest Mueller has a great post about the organizers’ motivations for changing the format and what to expect, but here are the three things I’m most excited about. Read more “Three Unique Things About DevOpsDays Austin 2018”

Highlights From RSA Conference 2018

Approximately 50,000 attendees descended on San Francisco’s Moscone Center April 16–20 for RSA Conference 2018. With cyberthreats on the upswing, this year’s theme of “Now Matters” was especially apt, and a wide range of keynotes, sessions, and courses covering cybersecurity today didn’t disappoint. In this post, we’ll recap some of the highlights in a day-by-day rundown of the most interesting sessions, keynotes, and events. Whether you were able to attend or not, we want to share some of the great resources and information that came out of the conference. Read more “Highlights From RSA Conference 2018”

The Best Cloud Security Conferences to Attend in 2018 and Beyond

Securing any cloud infrastructure is a big job. You have to be constantly up to date when it comes to skills, tools, and technology, as well as the vulnerabilities and threats that crop up continuously. When it comes to security, being stagnant isn’t an option. A good cloud security professional only remains top notch by staying on top of the latest cloud security trends, emerging threats, and best practices.

That’s where cloud security conferences come in, bringing together top experts, cloud security thought leaders, and industry professionals to share tips, tricks, and tactics for bolstering cloud security in the modern landscape.

With the spring conference season kicking off,  we’ve rounded up 50 cloud security conferences you should attend in 2018, grouped by quarter so you can easily plan your schedule for the remainder of the year:

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This may be the scariest thing you read today . . .

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a survey so people could evaluate their cybersecurity savvy.

And the results are . . .

Well, let’s just say that most of us could brush up our security smarts.

Instead of reviewing the entire survey here, we’re going to focus on three of the questions where most of us were off the mark — and then, if you want, you can take (retake) the quiz to see how well you do. Read more “This may be the scariest thing you read today . . .”

Meet the TUGG’s Guppy Tank: HiTech, the Next Generation

Every year around this time, Threat Stack looks forward to taking part in TUGG’s (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) ‘Tech Gives Back’ day.

Each TUGG event finds us doing something fun, different, and valuable for the community. This year we had the honor of hosting a class of grade 6 students for a fun Guppy Tank event. Yes, it’s what it sounds like… shark tank, for the littles, but with a serious business attitude. Read more “Meet the TUGG’s Guppy Tank: HiTech, the Next Generation”