Moving to the cloud is one thing, but once you’ve settled, you need to make sure that your operations are safe. See how the AWS cloud keeps your data secure and perfectly in line with your corporate governance and security policies. Trust GDPR-ready solutions used by Nasdaq, Netflix and Soundcloud. Ever heard of their cloud breach? Neither have we.
If you still have doubts whether the cloud is safer than on-premises infrastructure – don’t. According to the majority of C-level UK and US-based security professionals, the risk of security breach is much lower in cloud environments compared to on-premises systems. So, how do we make the AWS cloud safe? By implementing a shared responsibility model that equally engages both you and us in keeping your data and operations safe and acting in accordance with strategic security principles. Remember that AWS is designed to help you build, maintain, and develop breach-proof and secure environment to help your business thrive.
What are the strategic security principles?
When designing the AWS cloud, it was kept in mind to address strategic security principles that would define the AWS framework:
In order to run a smooth cloud adoption, AWS will assign user permissions, and identities, infrastructure protection and data protection measures.
Logging and monitoring services will improve your organisation’s security.
Take advantage of automated incident response and recovery and help your security teams manage any security-related actions.
Your AWS cloud environment will be quickly remediated thanks to event driven automation.
These principles translate directly into a toolkit of solutions that keep your business safe in the following areas
AWS will provide you with services to increase privacy and control network access. This includes network firewalls built into Amazaon VPC, secure connectivity options, DDoS migration technologies and automatic encryption of all global and regional AWS networks.
Inventory and Configuration Management
In order to keep your cloud resources safe, AWS will provide you with tools to ensure compliance with your corporate guidelines to track any changes in your data as well as deployment tools to manage the creation and decommissioning of AWS resources according to your corporate security guidelines.
You can benefit from an extra layer of protection through encryption features that include: encrypted message queues, dedicated message cryptographic key storage, or flexible key management options.
Identity and Access Control
AWS provides you with tools to manage user access policies such as those to identify individual user accounts across AWS resources, improve user experience and reduce administrative overhead, or manage SSO access.
Monitoring and Logging
To let you know what is happening in your AWS environment thanks to flexible and scalable solutions. With AWS you will monitor your AWS deployments in the cloud as well as malicious activities or unauthorized behaviour.
Shared responsibility model – next step to full security
In order to strengthen your data security within the AWS cloud framework, we adopted a shared responsibility model which is based on carefully selected segments of your and AWS’ operational competence. It means that AWS will take care of operating, managing, and controlling the components from the host operating system and the virtualisation layer down to the physical security of the facilities where the service operates. However, it is now your responsibility to ensure security of the guest operating system (including updates and security patches), other associated software as well as the configuration of the AWS provided security group firewall.
In other words, AWS make sure to maintain security of the cloud, while you keep your data safe in the cloud.
Key to cloud security
Once you move your data to the AWS cloud, AWS will free you from the burden of protecting the infrastructure that is the backbone of all its cloud services: hardware, software, networking, and facilities that run cloud services. That means that AWS is responsible for keeping security of the cloud in order for you to run your operations in a safe environment. Note that if you decided to stay within the on-premises framework, you’d be the one responsible for the security of your infrastructure.
Depending on how many AWS cloud services you choose, you’ll be responsible for the respective number of configurations to ensure security in your environment. This is when you become responsible for security in the cloud.
IT controls and shared responsibility
Just as the responsibility to operate the IT environment is shared between you and AWS, so is the management, operation and verification of IT controls. That is why, if some of them need to be managed in regards with physical infrastructure, AWS will take care of it, but in general, you will benefit from a distributed control environment as IT responsibilities will be assigned to you and AWS. Even then you are not left alone with your tasks, as you can freely use AWS control and compliance documentation to perform control evaluation and verification procedures as required.
Where can I get help?
From us. We provide you with guidance and expertise through online tools, resources and support. As a Certified AWS Consulting Partner we’ll make sure to support you in deployment and implementation.
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