IAM in the Spotlight - Carlos Loredo
The IAM Pulse Community launched two weeks ago with fourteen fantastic authors and practitioners excited to share their knowledge and eager to learn from others wrestling with the complexities of IAM. This new blog series introduces and celebrates our growing membership and gives an inside scoop on what's top of mind, some words of wisdom, and the fun stuff.
We're kicking off with a Q&A featuring Carlos Loredo, a charismatically cool guy who describes himself as a lifelong learner and a serious lover of sleep. Carlos' article uses the airport as an analogy to explain IAM users, roles, and groups. We now have a newfound appreciation for baggage handlers.
IAM Carlos Loredo
IAM located in Cochabamba, Bolivia
IAM working on DevOps Engineering at BairesDev
How did you get to the company / position / responsibilities you hold today? Were you always working in this space?
I started working with Telco providers, building networks for data centers with Cisco devices, then I passed to VoIP communication with linux servers and VMs, then came Docker simplifying things and one day I was absorbed by the cloud, since then I'm lost there.
I love to use the cloud for building and maintaining services and now I'm in a DevOps role that for me is about the importance of people, culture, and collaboration in this cloud-based world.
What advice would you give people starting out in the Cloud?
Start testing and creating on the cloud, take advantage of the Free-tier plans that almost all cloud providers have. Learn by doing and in the path read articles, documentation, watch tutorials, ask your colleagues about what you are doing. You'll do it fine.
Last advice, and maybe the most important, is always to take into mind best practices and standards, please don't get used to provisional and insecure practices. Something that I've learned is that most of the time "provisional" things became permanent because you won't have time to change them with the rhythm of work.
So, do it fine the first time.
Do you have a favorite IAM tool / resource? Anything you just couldn’t live without?
A tool that I think is awesome is MAMIP (Monitor AWS Managed IAM Policies), which automates the retrieval and monitoring of changes in AWS Managed IAM Policies, so you get alerted when changes occur. This tool is really important because sometimes there are changes in AWS manages policies and if your production environment depends on one of those policies there can be a problem. It's a cool tool and they have a Twitter account where they inform about policies updates too.
If you could wish a new IAM tool into existence what would it do?
I don't know, but I was thinking the other day that it would be awesome to have a game, like a fun app that I downloaded and played the other day for learning and practicing Python. It could be an app game for cloud focussed on security and access control practices. It could be like a building blocks policy generator too, but in a fun way, that has to be the principal requisite.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing?
I would like to live in the countryside, maybe dedicate myself to agriculture but with technology. It is something that I am very passionate about and what I have been reading lately. They call it "precision agriculture" with smart sensors, data, and the cloud of course. Yes, IoT.
What was your favorite piece of technology as a kid?
Radio and television, but what was inside those boxes, I really liked the idea of communications through waves and antennas. It was magic!
What are some of your hobbies?
I go to CrossFit at 5am because I hate myself! (hahaha no, just kidding) It is the key that I found to have a relaxed but productive day. Take the road on weekends on my bike. Sleep! I love to sleep, I really enjoy sleeping, usually at 8:30 or 9pm.
A huge thanks to Carlos for enthusiastically stepping into the spotlight and being gracious with his time and thoughtful in his answers. We can't wait to see what else he has to share with this community.
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