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AWS Data Security Best Practices 2021

AWS Data Security Best Practices 2021

Gartner predicts that 90% of enterprises in the market will move to the cloud by 2022, generating a total value of $278.3 billion. Amazon Web Services (AWS) reported 29% growth in Q3 2020, retaining the top cloud provider’s position. While AWS is still the top cloud service provider with a 32% market share, the question remains: Are enterprises data safe in AWS?

While enterprises realize that moving to the cloud is inevitable to take advantage of scalability, agility, and many other benefits that it has to offer, security in the public cloud remains a concern. 91% of organizations feel data security in the cloud is a growing concern with individual and organized hackers becoming more adept at exploiting vulnerabilities in cloud systems, which is why many hold back from having mission-critical workloads and data in the cloud.

Common AWS Security Threats

The 2019 Internet Security Threat Report reveals that 70 million data records were stolen or leaked in 2018 due to poorly configured AWS S3 cloud storage buckets.
Despite the airtight security that AWS offers, AWS Security Report reveals that enterprise data and workloads are not entirely secure in the cloud.

While AWS has a reliable security and governance mechanism in place, according to the Shared Responsibility Model, organizations are responsible for the safekeep of their data and workloads in the cloud. Some of the security threats in AWS are as follows:

1. Blind spots

Infrastructure security visibility is a challenge for cybersecurity professionals, especially when the workloads are in a public cloud. While cloud platforms like AWS allow distributed control and access to data and workloads from anywhere, it also poses a challenge of having complete infrastructure visibility for the enterprise. Enterprises cannot secure what they do not know exists. Since security in AWS is a shared responsibility, enterprises need to have end-to-end visibility of the infrastructure and ensure all the endpoints are secured.

2. Misconfigurations

With numerous configuration offerings of each service, cloud infrastructure, with hundreds of services, is complex. Though AWS offers blanket security, survey reveals that misconfiguration of the cloud platform is single biggest vulnerability to cloud security. Lack of complete visibility makes it difficult to identify misconfigurations even after data is compromised, making AWS vulnerable to cyberattacks. Enterprises need to regularly audit roles and policies that facilitate access to ensure data security in the cloud.

3. Incompatible with legacy security solutions

Traditional host and network-based security tools are not compatible with the distributed virtual environment that AWS provides. Enterprises already invested in legacy security solutions find it difficult to deal with the digital risk of moving to the cloud. According to the 2019 AWS Cloud Security Report, 85% of enterprises confirm that legacy security solutions either have limited functionality or are non-functional in AWS.

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Some best AWS security practices to ensure data privacy and integrity and to protect your organization from being vulnerable to online attacks are:

1. Strategize security before moving to AWS

While moving to AWS, enterprises often consider securing their workloads on-the-go as AWS offers blanket security. Ideally, enterprises should strategize first to assess a tool or control better while choosing or giving access rights.

2. Get visibility on access controls

With multiple applications running on the cloud, it is impossible to have end-to-end visibility on who is accessing what and when. To overcome this, after having a strategy to secure your data in AWS, you should go beyond logs and have complete visibility to detect and prevent insider threats.

3. Define role-based access

If and when a security breach occurs, it is important to know who can take appropriate action. Therefore, it is crucial to pinpoint liabilities for access control, monitoring, and audit logging to determine who can access what, how to monitor data and applications, and how to handle alerts.

4. Securing multi-tenant architecture

While multi-tenancy has its advantages, it also makes data vulnerable if the process is immature or the staff untrained. While AWS has its inherent security mechanism to ensure only you can access your data, you can improve networking, system access mechanism, and vulnerability management to mitigate the risk of multi-tenant architecture.
AWS has various scanners and security tools built specifically to address your compliance and security needs. At Rapyder, we can help you manage your crucial data and keep it safe with our end-to-end AWS security solutions to ensure –

  •        Network security
  •        Data security
  •        Security information and event management
  •        Identity and access management
  •        Security management, governance, and compliance
  •        Cloud access security

Think your business needs to get edge computing or cloud computing to its technology stack? Get in touch with the AWS cloud service provider experts at Rapyder today! Contact us now for a free consultation

Further Reading: AWS Security – What Makes Misconfiguration Critical?

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