Securing Cloud Infrastructure Through AWS

A cloud platform is meant to provide a highly available and virtually distributed computing platform. Examples of such platform are Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure. While these platforms provide a highly reliable, always on and cost effective cloud-computing platform, securing this virtual infrastructure becomes one of the major concerns for the end customer availing these services.

So let us look at the security infrastructure provided by one of leading cloud services provider called Amazon Web Services (AWS).

  • AWS offers a shared security responsibility model divided into two parts as follows:
  • AWS secures the underlying cloud infrastructure
  • It gives you the flexibility of securing your deployments on your own.

Let’s now quickly look at some of the tools provided by AWS:

Network Security

{: .callout}To make a robust and resilient security infrastructure, AWS provides following network security tools which aids in increasing the security levels and monitor network access: * Ability to create off the shelf firewalls to control network access to your machines in the private VPNs * Connectivity options (High Speed Fibernet etc) to ensure private and dedicated connections to your office. * Options for Auto scaling and content delivery * Encryptions services and infrastructure

Inventory and Configuration Services

To ensure that your cloud resources of are in line with your organizations best practices and standards, AWS provides the following tools: * Tools to commission and decommission AWS resource as per the set standards. * Tools to manage changes to these resources over time * Standard Template Definitions to create preconfigured EC2 instances to scale up quickly as and when needed.

Data Encryption

Once you set up your virtual infrastructure, you will be saving your data and applications over there. This would need an added layer of security to have a controlled access from the outer world. You can do that in the follow manner: * Inherent data encryption capabilities in AWS storage and database services like EBS, S3, Glacier, Oracle RDS, SQL Server RDS and Redshift * Flexible tools that allow give you an option to let either you manage your encryptions keys and your let AWS do it for you. * To satisfy security compliance required, dedicated hardware based cryptographic storage options.

Access Control

AWS provides service to maintain user access policies. These are as follows: * Identity and Access Management Capabilities to individual user accounts and permissions * Multi-Level authentication for privileged accounts, including hardware based authenticators * Integration with corporate directories for better administration

Monitoring and Logging

AWS provides tools for you to keep an eye on what is happening in your cloud environment. Such tools are as follows: * Detailed visibility on the external software calls to monitor them better * Log aggregation and security compliance reporting.

AWS Marketplace

AWS offers thousands of third party products which integrate well with both on premises security controls and AWS own security infrastructure. This ensure seems less security integration and experience across on premises and cloud set ups.

Compliance

AWS services are compliant to accredited bodies across geographies, domain and verticals, including ISO 27001, FedRAMP, Dod CSM etc. It also provides templates to establish mappings against 20+ standards including HIPAA, CESG (UK) and Singapore Multi – Cloud Security (MTCS) standards. ) AWS services are compliant to accredited bodies across geographies, domain and verticals, including ISO 27001, FedRAMP, Dod CSM etc. It also provides templates to establish mappings against 20+ standards including HIPAA, CESG (UK) and Singapore Multi – Cloud Security (MTCS) standards.

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