Main Meeting #15: Serverless Security


Metail ( will be kindly hosting us again at this meeting as we have two exciting talks covering serverless security! There may even be some interesting live demos but, sshhh, we don't want to give too much away!

Firstly we welcome Yan Cui, otherwise known as @theburningmonk (, who is a regular speaker on the subject of serverless architectures and AWS Lambda ( Yan will be discussing how we should approach security when implementing serverless architectures. And secondly we welcome return speaker, AWS Solution Architect, Dr Andrew Kane who is going to be talking about DDOS Mitigation and Web Application Defence using automation with AWS Lambda.

So come along and don't miss out on some great talks and of course pizza and drinks, thanks to our sponsors CloudAcademy ( and our hosts Metail.

We are expecting a sell-out crowd so remember to RSVP early as places are limited!


19:00 Introductions and Notifications

• Stephen Wilding - Hydras ( Green Adeptium (

19:10 Security In A Serverless World

In this presentation Yan will be discussing how you should approach security when implementing serverless based architectures in AWS

• Yan Cui - The Burning Monk (

20:10 Break

20:20 Advanced Techniques for DDOS mitigation and Web Application Defence

In this talk Dr Kane will be showing us how we can implement automated event driven security to defend your infrastructure against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and web application exploits. The talk will cover using lambda functions to automate event response and how to integrate these with existing security tools. There will also be a live demo given!

• Dr Andrew Kane - AWS Solutions Architect

21:15 Refreshments (Pizza!), networking and Close

To get here:

Metail's based at Janus House, which wraps around and above a Maplin store. The entrance is to the right of Maplin

By car:

Park at Queen Anne's Car Park on Gonville Place, walk across Parker's Piece opposite, towards the University Arms (big hotel, lots of scaffolding and building works at the moment), and then along St Andrew's St. in the same direction.

Or park at any Park and Ride car park, take the bus into town, and get off at Drummer Street. Walk down Emmanuel St. to St Andrew's St., turn left, and it's about 200yds on the left.

By train:

To Cambridge Station, then walk down Station Road to Hill's Road junction. Turn right, and it's about a mile's walk. Or catch the Citi 1, Citi 3 or Citi 8 (or 1A) bus from the Station, towards town - the bus stops are to the left, as you exit the station. Get off when you see a Maplin on the right!

By bus:

Too many bus routes serve the area to cover here: quite a lot of them stop just outside. Check the Cambridge Buses ( website for details.

By bike:

There are a few bike loop sets nearby. The closest is directly opposite the main entrance outside the council building, also just round the corner near the Mai Thai restuarant and a tiny bit further on the otherside of the University Arms by Pizza Hut. Those are all exposed. There's an underground bike park in the Lion Yard/Grand Arcade. The bike entrance is just under Carluccio's.