Identifying weaknesses early is the best way to prevent security breaches. In this video, Mischa Taylor performs a security assessment on a MySQL database with InSpec. All that is needed to follow along is a basic familiarity of the command line, SSH, and access to a Linux machine. System administrators, testers, and developers will learn how to ensure base protection of their web application infrastructure using security configurations developed by server hardening experts.

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Mischa Taylor was a consulting engineer at Chef where he specialized as a continuous delivery coach and trainer. He is the co-author of the O’Reilly book, Learning Chef. Mischa is the creator and maintainer of the open source Boxcutter project and currently works in the autonomous systems space.

Article image: Screen from "How can I use InSpec to ensure my web application infrastructure is secure?" (source: O'Reilly).