AWS & Security — Is this THE Perfect Fit you’re looking for?

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What is AWS?

AWS is an all-inclusive, constant-evolving cloud platform by Amazon. Amazon’s infrastructure offers IaaS, PaaS, SaaS.

Why AWS?

Alike every other Cloud provider, Amazon shelters a shared-responsibility Cloud where it takes responsibility for its ends. With the means and efforts employed by Amazon, it has showed what Security can mean for them and its customers. Amazon notifies users even with a slightest doubt of malpractice, abuse as such. In simple terms, AWS focuses two means responsibility — Security of the Cloud i.e., — Infrastructure Security a.k.a — Amazon’s Responsibility. Security in the Cloud i.e., — Customer’s Responsibility.

What security does AWS use?

Amazon Inspector, an automated security assessment that keeps tracks of behavioral data. i.e., applications’ security and compliance deployed through AWS. AWS Key Management Service — KMS, that secures data using encryption keys across applications & AWS resources. The creation and control of your data is rather easy using the key pair.

IT’s thriving concept is “Customized Software.” Aside from the debate is it good or bad, Customization is a big deal, here. AWS provides services and platforms, tailored to a user’s need. However, they have different approaches to handle this. Let me help you understand with some best practices employed by AWS particularly for customizations.

CloudTrail Security

CloudTrail Services, logs every API call made. This continuous monitoring allows easy audit and investigations in case of an issue a breeze. The generated log files are stored in S3 bucket that has had its fair share of stunts. If an attacker gains access to an AWS account, the first thing they do is getting rid of the CloudTrail. To avoid this, enable CloudTrail access across the globe. Maintain CloudTrail Log File Validation’s integrity. Use the MFA Multi Factor Authentication to prevent complete loss, if something goes nay.

Identity Access Management

IAM is an access management Service, where administrators who use AWS can create, manage and control groups and who has access to what. Using this admins can control access to the AWS API’S and resources too.

When coming up with IAM policies make sure that they include groups rather than concentrating them on individuals. You can also setup access through roles to prevent unauthorized access. With this flexible yet controlled access you can get the job done without breaking a sweat. One last step would be to activate the MFA for individuals and limit the IAM users with administrative privileges.

AWS Security benefits

Other than enforcing a safeguarded infrastructure, it handles privacy with highly effective and secure data centers.

AWS manages a few compliance programs, that marks completed segments.

Scalability is not an issue with AWS infrastructure. So, with a possible expansion and a highly secure infrastructure and data centers at comparably fair cost, no wonder AWS is the definite choice of most.

Conclusion

With the never-ending trails of Cloud providers out there, AWS does a pretty decent job to protect its clients’ data. Amazon claims that even people with the most-risky data are entrusting them with their jobs due to its iron barred security measures. Added, AWS has great flexibility and agility, it has some beneficiary policies and processes to satisfy even customers with most demanding particulars.

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