If you’re in the market for cloud computing services and you want to know more about the security features offered by AWS, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll outline some of the main AWS cloud security services that are available and how they can help your business. Whether you choose to use them or not, these tools can offer protection against threats like ransomware and other damaging forms of malware that aim to hold data hostage. Let’s take a look at what they do, how they work, and why your business should be using them.
An Amazon GuardDuty use case is to automatically find unusual or anomalous behavior in your AWS accounts, environments, and workloads. What we mean by unusual is usually based on some sort of metrics that you set for yourself about what constitutes normal activity for your environment. A good example would be a sudden increase in Amazon EC2 Spot Instance requests from an account that normally doesn’t use them. Another example could be an increase in IAM policy creation rate compared to other IAM users in your organization. The idea here is that if something looks out of place, it probably is. In addition to finding out where things are going wrong, you can also use Amazon GuardDuty to monitor compliance with security best practices.
In 2014, Amazon released a new service called Macie. Amazon Macie identifies sensitive data within an organization and makes recommendations for how to secure it. It also provides visibility into where sensitive data lives so that you can quickly mitigate any potential vulnerabilities. This service is offered as part of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and operates at Low privacy impact levels, which means there’s no personally identifiable information collected or stored by Macie or Amazon in its course of action. Additionally, all data is stored on-premises and never sent to Amazon’s servers.
Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)
Amazon VPC is a virtual private cloud computing service from Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon VPC lets you provision a logically isolated section of Amazon’s cloud, where you can launch resources to serve your applications and other IT needs. In addition to its ability to create virtual networks with their own subnets and internet gateways, Amazon VPC also allows instances in your network to communicate with each other as if they were on a private data center network. Instances within a given VPC are able to communicate freely with each other regardless of which Availability Zone they reside in.
This is a web service designed to enhance your EC2 instances by protecting them from known vulnerabilities. Amazon Inspector provides you with results, information about vulnerability severities and remediation guidance for vulnerable findings. It also allows you to create custom policies using system tags to address security concerns in a cost-effective manner. The development team created rules for evaluating data flow between two endpoints, which can be used for building custom firewall rules and supporting certain authentication mechanisms such as OAuth or SAML 2.0 token exchange when authenticating users in EC2 instances or on applications that run on EC2 instances. For example, it helps check whether an endpoint contains public-facing data.