Securing Serverless Apps, APIs & Microservices Using infrastructure as code

When moving to the cloud, even big enterprises make mistakes by not having the needed security in place. This can lead to severe security breaches and loss of your customers' data. Don't let that happen to you! You will learn how to apply current security best practices and you'll make an important step towards public-cloud-readiness and a future-proof "Zero Trust" architecture.

After the workshop you’ll have created a production-ready, secure and GDPR-compliant setup that you can easily build upon and extend. For that we’ll use the Identity Provider Auth0, Azure Functions and the secrets management system Azure Key Vault but the concepts can easily be applied to other vendors’ products.

Andreas Grimm


Software Engineer at Akelius GmbH

Andreas is an expert in Identity & Access Management and a proponent of the serverless methodology. Because getting to a shared understanding with the business is more important than technical solutions, he’s into approaches like Domain-Driven Design and Collaborative Modeling. He’s from the community for the community and organizes several meetup groups in Berlin like @DDDBER, @fullstack_JS and @ServerlessBER.

What the attendees will learn

- Fundamentals of modern Authentication & Authorization with OAuth 2 & OpenID Connect
- Secure a serverless API
- Access a secured API from a browser-based (Angular) web application
- Access a secured API from within a microservice
- Apply RBAC (Role Based Access Control)
- Completely automated deployment of App, APIs and Identity Provider configuration using IaC (Infrastructure as Code)

Technical requirements

  • Installations (current versions)
    • Chrome browser or Brave browser
    • Visual Studio Code
    • Visual Studio Code Extensions
      • RESTClient
      • Azure (Functions)
    • Node.js, npm
    • Azure Functions Core Tools
    • Auth0 deploy tool


  • Accounts
    • Auth0 account (free)
      • Auth0 extensions
        • Auth0 Deploy CLI
    • Azure account (free, but credit card needed) - you might run into deployment errors if you use your company’s restricted account/subscription
    • Pulumi (free)


  • Technical knowledge
    • Very basic programming in TypeScript
    • Basic concepts of the Web, HTTP, JSON, Browsers, Cookies


Part 1: Auth Fundamentals Recap

  • The Big Picture (Backend/API, Frontend, IdentityProvider, Token-based Authentication)
  • Typical Auth Scenarios 
  • OAuth 2, JWT (JsonWebToken), OpenID Connect 
  • Towards “Zero Trust”, away from “Perimeter”
  • Client Categories: Interactive (SPA, Native) vs. Non-Interactive *(Machine-to-Machine)
  • SSO (Single Sign On)
  • Authentication (Identity)
  • Authorization (Access Control with Permissions and Roles/RBAC)
  • IaC (Infrastructure as Code) using Pulumi & Auth0 deploy CLI


Part 2: Create, Secure and Deploy a Serverless API

  • Overview & Hands-on
    • Auth0 Management Portal & Deploying IaC 
    • Azure Portal & Deploying IaC


Part 3: Create and Secure an Angular Frontend Application

  • Overview & Hands-on
    • Public Welcome Page
    • Protected Page for Authenticated Users
    • Protected Admin Page


Part 4: Create, Secure and Deploy a Serverless Microservice

  • Overview & Hands-on
    • Machine-to-Machine Service Communication
    • Authorizing a Non-Interactive M2M Client

Securing Serverless Apps, APIs & Microservices Using infrastructure as code

Date and time:

Wednesday 13th

From 9:00 to 14:00


OAuth, Zero Trust architecture, Serverless.

Target audience roles:

The target audience includes everyone interested in modern web application security and the modern, serverless vendor-native cloud.




Coffee and tea


13th May
Polo de Contenidos Digitales Málaga
Av de Sor Teresa Prat, 15, 29003 Málaga
14th-15th May
FYCMA - Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga
Av. de José Ortega y Gasset, 201, 29006 Málaga
13TH - 15TH MAY 2020

Take a look at previous editions