Cloud Underground

DevSecOps Dojo

Become a Titan Slayer

Experience cloud engineering and cloud hacking at its finest from the comfort of your home.

The DevSecOps Dojo is an ongoing professional development program led by Cloud Underground COO Nato Riley that offers continuous training in cloud technology, edge computing and ethical hacking for a monthly subscription fee of $150.

The best way to learn cloud engineering is to get hands-on. For this reason, participants will join the Cloud Underground movement where they will learn how to create and destroy cloud technology.

The DevSecOps Dojo is meant for long-term thinkers and planners who are seeking to build and refine skills for years to come. Like martial arts, cybersecurity should be a practice that is continued over the course of a lifetime.

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How to Join

Join the DevSecOps Dojo by simply completing the Dojo application. Once accepted, you will receive information on how to sign up and pay your monthly membership fees.

The application includes both a a resume section as well as a task that you must complete to prove your technical ability. If you’re unable to complete the task at this time, don’t dismay! These skills are not only easy to learn but are also incredibly practical for engineering professionals.

How It Works

The DevSecOps Dojo set-up is simple! Members are granted access to an exclusive Discord community where you can network with fellow Dojo members, watch videos from past Dojo sessions, and receive weekly assigned technical tasks designed to grow your skills and abilities.

Join every Thursday for live kata meet-ups where you will learn the forms and flows that will allow you to take your cybersecurity and cloud development skills to the next level! Kata meet-ups also allow you to chat LIVE with Cloud Underground COO and DevSecOps Dojo Sensei Nato Riley, who leads each weekly event!

You’ll also get access to occasional live Dojo special events and projects.

Recommended Hardware

There are many different tools you can use in the Dojo. However, we recommend purchasing a cloudlet or supercomputer from the Cloud Underground Etsy Shop. When you purchase hardware from Cloud Underground, we will provide full support and customer service when you inevitably run into hiccups on your development journey. You may bring your own device, but please be aware, we expect you to troubleshoot and manage your hardware on your own.

Origins of DevSecOps Dojo

Bullied Youth Finds Strength in Martial Arts

I don’t see the point in following the “status quo”; it never gets anyone anywhere but average.

From a very young age, I always gravitated toward things that were different from whatever the “popular” things to do were. While kids played on the playground during recess, I was creating products and selling them.

As some of you reading this might imagine, doing something “different” from the rest is almost a guaranteed formula for getting bullied, but I never allowed that in my life.

After a bad experience of getting bloodied up after school, I went home and sat with my father. He’s a big martial arts fan, and that day I saw Bruce Lee fighting off the “bad guys” with nothing but his fists.

I decided I could probably defend myself too, and I asked one birthday for a Bruce Lee poster that I put over my bed so that as I drifted to sleep each night, I would think about the sort of hero I wanted to be in life.

I sought out grassy fields where I tried to teach myself martial arts. Eventually my father saw this, and he helped me learn more about martial arts.

Soon, I went from being the bullied playground kid to being the one who’d fight off bullies for the “nerds” and “geeks.”

This taught me something valuable – I learned that I am capable of being incredibly dangerous, and I was left with a moral dilemma with my new found physical capabilities as an adversarial youth.

Becoming a Black Hat Hacker

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Once I discovered what power felt like, I admittedly did not always use my abilities for good.

After a chain of unfortunate events in my younger days, circumstances resulted in me finding myself in legal trouble, and I was once again faced with a moral dilemma – do I use my powers to protect or to destroy?

Meanwhile, I had discovered I had incredible aptitude for hacking and used those powers for evil.

I was a genuine black hat once upon a time. Not only was I physically strong and dangerous, I was also an online threat.

I learned something else from this – online power is infinitely more volatile than physical power. This once again left me with a moral dilemma about how I using my skills to navigate my life circumstances.

Search for Inner Peace

Before the age of 18, I was often consumed with anger and rage. My parents had divorced, and I found myself often on the streets facing decisions the gravity of which I was too young and naïve to understand.

I ultimately found myself back to pursuing martial arts, but no longer to find power… I wanted peace this time.

I wanted peace within myself and peace for those around me. I grew tired of endless destruction in my wake wherever I roamed.

This brought me back to finding a dojo, and I began reading and studying world philosophies heavily. I even signed up for a world philosophies course while still in high school so that I could better understand how to pursue a fulfilling life.

This brought me to the discovery of the book Bushido, the Soul of Japan. This book spoke to my soul and showed me that though we as human beings are all capable of great destruction, we each have the ability to make decisions about what impact we will have on our communities.

We can fight to serve and not to destroy.

From there, I submitted myself to finding martial philosophies that could tame my anger.

I discovered Bujutsu, the “science of war,” and that was the beginning of something great in my life.

I learned how to harness my destructive powers and capabilities to serve and create. Destruction is easier to achieve than creation, and this brought about new desires for me that made me wish to simply create and innovate.

The Mother of (Self-)Invention

All along the way, I was that young person always building and selling products.

It’s what I was born to do – I was born to invent.

More than 20 years later, I now have advanced my skills to the point where I can now teach others how to create and invent in the same ways I always have.

The mind is a powerful tool that is capable of both glorious and terrifying things.

I am now here to teach the “Art of War” to those who wish to use destructive skills to create – which is much easier said than done. To truly create, we must first find ourselves, including finding our aptitudes, strengths and weaknesses.

Success is not in technical skills, it’s in self improvement.

By working on myself, I was able to negotiate my way into working with malware in my early career, which then helped me negotiate my way into building a genuine cloud from ground up (hardware and all) with a young technology company who has since sold to a larger entity.

I took on my career as I would a battlefield. I came from a “ride or die” lifestyle and that’s how I work.

Many others face the same dilemmas I have faced – they know they could be wildly destructive but want to channel their energy toward benefiting the greater good.

"To Create or Destroy..."

Hacking is quite potentially the most destructive skill in the modern world with its capacity to control, manipulate and influence entire countries with terrifying impacts. Regardless, just like martial arts, hacking brings us to the same moral dilemma.

Enter the DevSecOps Dojo from Cloud Underground.

I am here to teach those who are willing to face their own malevolence and dark sides how to harness devastatingly destructive powers for good by teaching the science of war as outlined in martial arts.

Learning self-control and discipline is infinitely more challenging than destroying everything around us in our lives – destruction is easy.

The DevSecOps Dojo is a serious co-op where I will teach how to both build and take down the modern Titans of technology – the CLOUD.

Per the nature of what I teach, an application process is mandatory and we are a no-nonsense group.

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Why Should You Join the DevSecOps Dojo?

The answer to this question is more straightforward than you might think.

Technology is rapidly moving to the cloud, and historically, learning cloud engineering skills can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars without scholarships or being lucky enough to somehow get work with no experience building cloud.

Furthermore, since cloud development is a new skill most of the world has yet to adopt, this also means hacking the cloud is not a common practice or skill either.

This is a purple team DevSecOps Dojo designated ideally for senior developers and entrepreneurs who are serious about building a career around cloud computing.

Better yet, all dojo members will work together to build an open source cloud underground platform for our own use.

What better way to learn cloud than to actually build a true production cloud together?

We will build by the laws of Bushido with modernized practices that suit volatile development and ethical hacking.

Just as a blade can be used for murder, a blade can also be used to protect and serve.

Self-control is a skill.

What Is a Titan Slayer?

When you join the DevSecOps Dojo, you’ll gain the technical skills and aptitude to slay the cloud – overcome dated old technology by creating better, innovative solutions.

A titan slayer is:

  • A DevSecOps and ethical hacker who knows how to build and hack clouds.
  • A master of ethical hacking tools – these are your weapons.
  • An elite, refined purple team cloud practitioner.
  • A destroyer of the old ways who is capable of applying “The Art of War” to modern business practices.
  • A master of their own self and mind, abler to perform on an entirely new level.
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How the Dojo Works

The DevSecOps Dojo is an encouraging community where hierarchical structures are loose and where collaboration rules. Still, we must have community moderators and mentors so that every member receives the support they require.

Dojo Rankings

There are only three ranks within the DevSecOps Dojo:

  1. Sensei – Dojo instructors and moderators; seasoned cybersecurity and DevSecOps professionals, including Cloud Underground co-founder and COO Nato Riley.
  2. Senpai – Dojo members who are capable of mentoring and coaching others within the group; Senpais must hold at least three Dojo belts.
  3. Unranked – New members who have less than three Dojo belts.

Dojo Belts

As in most martial arts practices, the DevSecOps Dojo marks the ability of its members with a color belt. As the story goes, in ancient tradition, new students were given a white belt that they never removed, which signified the end of their previous life and the beginning of their new life in their martial arts practice.

As the students learned and progressed, the white belt would eventually yellow and darken with dirt, grime and blood. Thus, a black belt indicated years of practice, discipline and mastery.

Our belt system is based on these principles and essentially indicate mastery of skills and imply muscle memory of vital DevSecOps skills.

Our belts progress as follows:

  1. White belt – earned after completing the Dojo application and having your application accepted; users must subscribe to the Dojo to receive this belt.
  2. Yellow belt – earned after three months of active training as a white belt.
  3. Orange belt – earned after three months of active training as a yellow belt.
  4. Green belt – earned after three months of active training as an orange belt.
  5. Blue belt – earned after three months of active training as a green belt.
  6. Brown belt – earned after six months of active training as a blue belt.
  7. Black belt – earned after six months of active training as a brown belt.

8 Virtues of Bushido

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  • Justice
  • Courage
  • Mercy
  • Politeness
  • Honesty
  • Honor
  • Loyalty
  • Self-Control

There is debate over whether or not Bushido properly fits seven or eight virtues, though we will focus on the eight-virtue philosophies of Bushido.

Our community code of ethics will enforce members to abide by this code.

When you are ready to productively discover your dark side through building and refining DevSecOps skills, I will be ready to test you and push you to your limits. I am here to teach you how to ethically maximize the malevolence that resides deep within you.

This is only for those who see themselves as hardcore. Training in my Dojo to walk the road to cloud mastery is long, arduous and at times it will be grueling – be prepared to learn the art of war.

It’s time to crush the old ways in the technology and cybersecurity industries. The days of legacy are numbered.

It’s time to take down the Titans of the old world to make way for the future of the digital era.

It is time to build the cloud underground together.

This is the way.

How to Sign Up

To ensure the highest quality training and community possible, Cloud Underground requires Dojo members to complete an application and initial competency assessment.

Membership fees for the DevSecOps Dojo are $150 per month. Payment is collected via automatic monthly withdraws using PayPal. A PayPal account is not required to issue payment. Once you are accepted into the Dojo, you will receive instructions on how to join as well as how to pay your monthly dues.

Are You Feeling Intimidated?

Are you interested in joining Cloud Underground’s DevSecOps Dojo but fear you might not be ready? Did you click into the application and feel like you were reading a completely different language?

Don’t despair! We know that anyone with a little willpower and determination can master the steps necessary to gain entry into the Dojo.

We recommend starting with the right hardware setup. Consider purchasing an affordable cloudlet or supercomputer from our Etsy shop. This hardware provides a great foundation that will introduce you to Linux, command line coding, and contanerization – all skills essential to Dojo members.