Configure Okta Advanced Server Access (ASA) for GCP + Jenkins Service Account

In this tutorial, we’ll configure Okta Advanced Server Access (aka ‘ASA’) so our DevOps team can securely access Virtual Machines (aka ‘VMs’) on Google Cloud Platform (aka ‘GCP’). We’ll also configure a service account so our Jenkins instance can connect to other VMs to run remote commands. This tutorial highlights the steps you should complete to manually deploy those servers on GCP and enroll them in ASA. At the end of this tutorial, we’ll point...

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Baking in Security with .NET CLI Templates

Let’s face it: developing good security is hard, unglamorous, and time-intensive. People tend to think about it as an afterthought instead of a priority. What if there were a way to make all your new projects more secure out of the box, and also make your company’s development processes easier and more repeatable in the process? Good news everyone, I have just the thing: .NET templates. You are going to love how much time and...

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OpenID Connect Logout Options with Spring Boot

On the Okta blog, we spend much of our time talking about logging in. That is because once you configure your application to log in, the log out just works. But there are a few things you should consider when you’re thinking about your app’s logout configuration. In this post, I’ll walk through examples of the two logout options you have with Spring Security: the "default" session clearing logout, and relying party initiated logout. If...

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Security Patterns for Microservice Architectures

If you attend a lot of Java ecosystem conferences, you’ll think that everyone uses microservices. It’s a trendy topic, and developers everywhere are interested in learning about them. For a good reason too! Microservice architectures are a technique for delivering code faster. Chris Richardson is a friend and expert on microservices. He suggests a helpful guideline in a recent blog post: Why microservices? IF you are developing a large/complex application AND you need to deliver...

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Continuous Integration with Jenkins and Java

Continuous Integration (CI) is a popular development practice that helps to ensure software is high-quality and deployable, as you validate (compile and test) the software as soon as you check in changes to the Source Control Management System (SCM). You must have some key elements in place to adopt CI: A SCM system like Git, and a shared repository A CI server like Jenkins Automated tests Teamwork CI practices that allow you to keep build...

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Build a React App with Styled Components

When you create React applications, at some point you have to make a decision on how to organize your CSS styles. For larger applications, you’ll have to modularize the stylesheets. Tools such as Sass and Less let you divide up your styles into separate files and provide lots of other features that make writing CSS files more productive. But some problems remain. The tools separate your styles from your components, and keeping the styles up-to-date...

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A Developer Guide to Reporting Vulnerabilities

Many of us are not familiar with vulnerability reporting and how it is different from reporting a regular bug. Frequently, I’ve seen people report vulnerabilities or potential security issues incorrectly. A public bug tracker or Stack Overflow is NOT the right tool; developers need to handle vulnerabilities differently and should not disclose them until the project/vendor fixes them. In this post, you will learn basics about vulnerabilities, how they relate to Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures...

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What I Learned After Working Remotely for a Year

What happens when you suddenly need to work from home due to a myriad of reasons? Whether it’s the daily expectation or an occasional occurrence, working remotely has it’s benefits and challenges. After coming to a fully remote team at Okta, I discovered a few things about the reality of working outside of an office building that I’d like to share. Communication is EVERYTHING When Working Remote I discovered that my communication skills actually improved...

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Stop Writing Server-Based Web Apps

The World-Wide Web, as we know it, started around 1993 by serving static HTML files with links to other HTML files. It didn’t take long for developers to find ways of making websites more “dynamic” using technologies like Common Gateway Interface (CGI), Perl, and Python. Since the ’90s, I have built web applications using a variety of languages, platforms, and frameworks. I’ve written application frameworks, content management systems, a blog engine, and a social media...

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Why GUIs Suck (and CLIs are Better)

I’ve always tended to lean toward Command-Line Interfaces (CLIs) over Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs). Maybe it’s because I cut my teeth in computing in the Windows 3.1 days. I split my time between the “new” Windows 95 and Linux (usually RedHat 5 or Debian 2). When things weren’t going well in a GUI (which was a LOT of the time), you just dropped to a terminal, typed in a command, and BAM! you were in...

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