Continuous Compliance with InSpec

on Monday 8/28/17 from 8:30am until 1:30pm

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NOTE: You MUST be registered to attend the conference in order to attend the workshop.


InSpec is an open-source testing framework for infrastructure with a human-readable language for specifying compliance, security, and other policy requirements. Easily integrate automated tests that check for adherence to policy into any stage of your deployment pipeline.

This is a hands-on workshop that will give participants an introduction to InSpec and the ideas and practices required to achieve continuous compliance. During this session, participants will:

  • Run InSpec locally on a machine
  • Run InSpec on a remote machine
  • Use InSpec in the Chef cookbook development process for integration testing

Attendees should bring a wifi-enabled laptop to the workshop.

Attendees will be given a remote workstation with all prerequisites installed. The only thing required to access these workstations will be an SSH client (PuTTY on Windows) and familiarity with a interactive text editor (Vi/Vim, Emacs, or Nano).

It’s best that students of this class have some familiarity and comfort with the following:

  • Writing code (of just about any flavor) in a text editor
  • Working on the command line
  • Basic system administration – installing packages, configuring those packages, starting service



Jody Wolfborn


Jody is a Solutions Architect at Chef Software, a Windows and Linux admin, and a theatre major-turned-technologist with a passion for languages of all kinds. She’s worked with small startups and gaming giants alike, and she now focuses on helping individuals and organizations solve their infrastructure woes by connecting the dots between infrastructure, security, and application development and deployment. When not Chefifying all the things, Jody spends her spare time learning new languages, working with dogs, and speaking publicly about mental health and inclusive cultural practices.


Scott Macfarlane

Scott Macfarlane is a Solutions Architect at Chef Software, based in Seattle. Previously Scott has used Chef and Habitat to build and manage near-real-time weather satellite data processing systems at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Scott is also a member of the Habitat core-plans maintainers team.