AWS Security & Compliance – Working Collaboratively to Protect Crucial and Confidential Business Data

When it comes to security in the cloud, AWS has developed a “shared security responsibility model” that defines the role of AWS and the customer in keeping data over the cloud well-protected and safe from potential threats. Though it is Amazon’s top priority to ensure data security of the customers, as the AWS users retain control over their business data, they too, are bestowed with certain responsibilities by the AWS to keep content safe.

Therefore, to ensure maximum data safety and security, it is important that AWS customers must meet and follow the compliance requirements. And for this, it is vital that AWS customers develop a strong understanding of the role that they have to play in the context of the cloud security under ‘the shared responsibility model.

Let’s take a deeper dive to understand the role of AWS and its customers in ensuring data security in the cloud:

The Role of AWS—Dedicated to Providing Customers a Highly Secured Cloud Computing Platform

AWS (Amazon Web Services) is dedicated to providing customers a highly secured cloud computing platform. AWS does this by protecting the global infrastructure that runs all the services that are offered in the Amazon Web Services Cloud. The global infrastructure is comprised of software, hardware, networking and other facilities.

AWS offers several reports from 3rd party auditors for customer satisfaction. These reports verify AWS compliance with the highest computer security standards & regulations.

In addition to protecting the global infrastructure, Amazon Web Services is also responsible for maintain security configuration of their products such as Amazon Redshift, Amazon RDS, Amazon Dynamo DB, Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon Elastic Map Reduce and other services. For these web services, Amazon handles basic-security tasks like database patching, guest operating system, disaster recovery and firewall configuration. Simply stated, AWS maintains a highly secured network by carefully combining together audit friendly and governance focused services with security compliance regulation standards. Amazon manages security of the cloud while the customer manages security in the cloud.

Amazing Benefits of AWS Network Security

Here’s a quick overview of the many AWS network security benefits:

Keeps Data Safe

The AWS has strong safeguards to keep customer data and privacy well-protected. All customer data is safely secured in data centres of AWS.

Big Savings

With AWS, customers get to use AWS data centre and enjoy the highest security standards but without incurring high data centre management and maintenance cost. This helps them enjoy big savings which can be invested somewhere else.

Flexibility to Scale

AWS security scales with your cloud usage, making data keeping safe and secure.

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The Role of AWS Customers

As an AWS customer, you will be responsible to assume the responsibility for & management of the OS which includes both security patches and updates and the AWS configuration (provided security-group Firewall). The AWS provides customers with the necessary information and a wide range of tools to help them in their efforts and to validate that the controls are working effectively in their specific IT environment.

Mostly customers are responsible for configuring logical access controls. However, how much configuration work you will have to perform as part of the security responsibility depends on the AWS services you use. However, there are some security features like individual user accounts, credentials, user activity logging and SSL for data transmission that you, the AWS customer, must configure no matter what services you use.

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