Episode 73 – Sign of the Times with Google/Sigstore's Dan Lorenc

Dan Lorenc is a Software Engineer at Google and lead for Project Sigstore a Linux Foundation project. Dan talks about his history at google with projects such as skaffold and minikube which inspired his work currently with Project Sigstore. Dan currently works on a cloud native project called Sigstore which is a non-profit, public good software signing & transparency service. Software supply chains are exposed to multiple risks. Users are susceptible to various targeted attacks, along with account and cryptographic key compromise. Keys in particular are a challenge for software maintainers to manage. We talk Software Supply Chain Security and Software Supply Chain Devops along with our mutual love of our home of Upstate NY. Dan provides some valuable advice on how to protect your software supply chain and this is a very fun episode!

On June 18th 2021 – we will be holding our first Root Key ceremony on June 18th at 2pm Eastern on June 18th at 2pm Eastern on CloudNative.tv (CNCF twitch). Please join us more details at this link: https://blog.sigstore.dev/a-new-kind-of-trust-root-f11eeeed92ef

Timeline/Topic
00:00 — Sigstore Key Ceremony June 16th 2021 – EXCLUSIVELY on CloudNative.tv
00:15 — POPCAST Opener (Like and Subscribe and leave a comment!)
00:23 — Introduction to Dan Lorenc Google Software Engineer and lead for Sigstore
01:00 — “Lorenc” pronounced like “LAWRENCE”
01:46 — the Dan’s talk Upstate NY / Freihofer’s Bakery but specifically Cookies
04:33 — Dan’s Journey to Google
08:36 — Dan talks Skaffold
11:09 — Dan talks Minikube
13:08 — Secure Software Supply Chain… whats the problem we need to solve?
15:43 — Dan provides some advice on how to Secure Software Supply Chain
21:22 — How a company’s culture can help shape better security.
23:43 — Sigstore / Cosign – what is it and why you need it.
27:44 — What a Sigstore Key Signing Cermony is (a full explanation)
34:20 — what work are you most proud of?

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Episode Links
Sigstore – https://sigstore.dev/

Sigstore Root Key Ceremony Blog Post – https://blog.sigstore.dev/a-new-kind-of-trust-root-f11eeeed92ef

Ken Thompson Paper – https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rdriley/487/papers/Thompson_1984_ReflectionsonTrustingTrust.pdf

Dan’s Malware with Falco blog – https://dlorenc.medium.com/hunting-for-malware-with-falco-834b19b398c9

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Devin BARTON

I am an avid Linux lover and open source enthusiast. I use Ubuntu and believe in sharing knowledge. Apart from Linux, I love classic detective mysteries.

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