Security in AWS: Here is what you need to know

In the early days of “cloud”, there used to be a lot of skepticism surrounding its’ capabilities. However, these skeptics soon lost their footing as industry leading businesses started to gradually migrate to the cloud to utilize it’s power and large potential. Migrated businesses operating from the cloud found that the cloud was faster, accessible from anywhere, does not require any physical infrastructure and most importantly, is extremely secure.

Nowadays, businesses are investing heavily in their overall security and data protection strategies as it has become a crucial aspect of their growth. Since data now flows in the petabyte scale, businesses are seeking cloud services to help navigate around potential threats, data security risks and damage to physical servers. 

Here are some latest trends in the cloud security spectrum: 

  • Businesses are using centralized platforms for improved multi-cloud security. 
  • Businesses are protecting their data even before it reaches the cloud through data encryption
  • Identifying and accessing control has been a priority for many businesses.  
  • Businesses are now considering cloud services since it offers comprehensive security.  
  • The increasing usage of SaaS applications has made cloud-based security even more popular.    

Elevate your security in the cloud with AWS 

Amazon Web Services allows businesses to actively control their cloud environments with flexibility and security in all layers. AWS data centers enable businesses to meet core security and compliance requirements such as protection, data locality and confidentiality. The security of these datacenters, paired with the breadth of services available in AWS, truly makes for a strong platform with countless security configuration possibilities. AWS has both the service offerings as well as the associated supply chain that is vetted and accepted as secure enough for top-secret workloads. 

Here is a brief preview on how the AWS cloud is a secure, flexible and reliable entity: 

Scale your business, hurdle-free: 

AWS allows users to control the location of the data and its accessibility as well as monitoring the resources being utilized. With real-time security information and activity monitoring services, businesses can address issues specifically and save time by automating operations. AWS allows businesses to scale while minimizing the risk, provide solutions to support existing workflows, streamline operations and simplify compliance reporting.  

Automating Security and Minimizing Errors: 

Automating security tasks reduces human configuration errors which saves a lot of time and resources. Through capable security services and various automation configurations, AWS enables you to discover, classify and protect sensitive data with just a few clicks. By automating infrastructure and application security checks, businesses can ensure round the clock availability and confidentiality. AWS also provides deeply integrated solutions that improve collaborations between the developer and the operations team through its information management and security tools. 

High Standards for Privacy and Data Security: 

AWS assists businesses in securing their infrastructure, which provides ownership of data, encryption, mobility of the data and in managing retention. All stored data is interconnected through a vast network of data centers, located in various regions while the data is encrypted, which provides additional layers of security. The AWS global infrastructure lets you retain complete control over your data helping you meet data residency requirements.  

AWS has the largest ecosystem of Security partners and Solutions: 

By leveraging AWS’ security technology and partner consulting services, businesses can keep their data accessible and secure. The AWS Marketplace enables businesses to find, buy, deploy cloud-ready solutions and Software as a Service (SaaS) products easily. Selecting the right AWS Partner from the AWS Partner Network (APN) is essential as they will provide solutions and services for your specific requirements. These solutions are tried and tested to make a diverse range of workloads be more efficient and secure, and to provide insights on the level of security of your environment. To ensure control of (and responsibility for) your data running in AWS, choose the right partner. 

You control your Security and Compliance Controls: 

AWS regularly achieves third-party validation for global compliance requirements which are continuously monitored to fit into any industry like retail, healthcare, finance, Etc. With consistent updates, AWS supports more security standards and compliance certifications than any other platform offering, including PCI-DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FedRAMP, GDPR, FIPS 140-2, and NIST 800-171, helping satisfy compliance requirements for virtually every regulatory body around the globe. 

It is also important to note that the AWS Shared Responsibility Model lays out a blueprint on how the responsibility of security and compliance is equally shared between the customer and AWS. AWS is responsible for the “Security of the cloud”, basically the security of the platform, data centers and services offered in AWS. The customer’s responsibility corresponds to “Security in the cloud”, such as the data and security configurations being run in AWS. The nature of this Shared Responsibility Model allows the customer more flexibility, and allows you to focus on your configurations, data and security policies without dealing with the heavy lifting of on-premise infrastructure. 

The cloud is made secure to help businesses build secure, efficient, resilient and specific infrastructures to your applications, while being compliant with your security and regulatory requirements. The right cloud partner will help you meet your goals, and ensure that your journey is tailored specifically for your needs, while maintaining smooth operations.  

Do you need advice on the security and compliance of your AWS solution? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Opsio.