Jesse Loudon

Information & Communications Technology

Azure Policy Policy as Code DevOps Azure Bicep Microsoft Azure Infrastructure as Code PowerShell Terraform

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Jesse Loudon

Consultant, Creator, Coder

Jesse Loudon is an Azure MVP and Principal Consultant specializing in Microsoft Azure, DevOps, and Infrastructure as Code initiatives; with over 10+ years IT pro experience. Jesse's mission statement is to democratize Azure Policy as Code. Jesse can be found actively advocating in the community across blogs posts, open-source GitHub repos, and YouTube for greater Policy as Code adoption which drive repeatable, auditable, and scalable deployments for enterprises.

Current sessions

Policy as Code with Bicep for Enterprise Scale

Policy as Code is a combination of two important practices for managing your Azure governance at enterprise scale: Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and DevOps.

This session walks viewers through an example workflow for Policy As Code combining the power of Bicep language, GitHub, and GitHub Actions to ensure a repeatable process for your Azure governance across multiple tenants and subscriptions.


Bicep builders: Azure Sentinel and Policy as Code

This joint video session from Jesse Loudon and Casey Mullineaux demonstrates the power of using Bicep to deploy Azure Sentinel and onboard resources using Azure Policy.

Viewers will also see a demonstration of threat detection and automated response from a simulated attack on Azure resources protected by Sentinel.


Past and future events

Festive Tech Calendar 2021

1 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2021

Azure Back to School 2021

1 Sep 2021 - 30 Sep 2021

Azure Sydney User Group Meetup (June 2021): Azure Policy as Code: Zero to Hero in 60 minutes

Azure Sydney User Group Meetup (June 2021): Azure Policy as Code: Zero to Hero in 60 minutes

Recording: https://youtu.be/AVn5glYBz84?t=2380

Abstract:
- Azure Policy as code
- Bicep
- Usage Patterns + Anti-Patterns
- Policy Effects (deny vs audit vs modify vs deployIfNotExists vs auditIfNotExists)
- Notes from the field
- Key takeaways
- Short demos

Context:
Managing 100s to 1000s of Azure resources to meet your governance framework is often an operational responsibility. This can lead to situations of 'fire-fighting' where changes are applied ad-hoc without consistency. The compounding result is poor compliance overall if not regularly checked. Azure Policy as Code is the combination of IaC and DevOps ensuring governance at scale is shifted away from click-ops and after-hours support towards a codified, policy-driven strategy.
23 Jun 2021
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Global Azure 2021

15 Apr 2021 - 17 Apr 2021