Technological diffusion has enabled the enterprises to move their workloads to Amazon Web Services (AWS) for greater performance and security at such affordable cost. Amazon Cloud Services not only look after meeting all the challenges of a public cloud platform but also promotes other IaaS providers to rely on a Shared Responsibility Model. This initiative makes customers more responsible for securing their operating systems, platforms, and data.
Meanwhile, AWS cloud consulting services are responsible for securing the cloud along with its infrastructure, hardware. Software, and facilities. The AWS version of the Shared Responsibility Model illustrates how well Amazon Cloud Services has defined the security, management, and deployment of application and data, their accessibility and configuration in terms of a customer’s responsibility.
Common Security Concern for AWS
Despite applying all the advanced level security protocols in the cloud environment, users are always unsure of the vulnerabilities. The most common security concern of a cloud-based architecture is the stolen privileged access credentials that result in almost 80% of data breaches. According to a survey, around 66% of the organizations depend on the manual methods to manage privileged accounts that involve sticking around password vaults.
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However, the security related to this traditional approach of cloud transitioning process is often overlooked. Thus, it is very important for both on-premise and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to augment legacy privileged access Management Strategies to secure their cloud-based critical data.
This article discusses top 6 such essential strategies to help you out with your AWS security in a zero trust world.
AWS Security Best Practices – 6 Way to Implement Better Security
Here are some of the best practices that ensure better security in Amazon Cloud Services that takes data protection to a different level.
- Protect AWS Root Accounts and Enable AWS Console: As we already know, how powerful the AWS root user account is, so it is advisable to vault the password of the AWS root account and must be used only when it is urgent. Else, the centralized identities such as Active Directory must be used instead of local AWS IAM accounts. Also, there is a need for enabling the federated login so to reduce the traditional approach of using the access keys.
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- Implementing a Common Security Model: While approaching the IaaS adoption in organizations, users must never treat an IaaS environment any different than their own data center. The common perception of users is that IaaS requires a unique identity as it resides outside the traditional network parameter. Whereas, this is totally a false practice, as conventional security and compliance concepts still apply in the cloud. All the roles and responsibilities are the same for every user. So leveraging a common security infrastructure with consolidated identities contributes to a better security model.
- Confirm Accountability: Ensuring the accountability of the shared privileged accounts elevates the security and help to manage the entitlements centrally from Active Directory to AWS roles.
- Impose Least Privilege Access: Users must be granted enough privilege to complete the task in the AWS Management Console, AWS services, and on the AWS instances, the administrator must define the roles and responsibility by ensuring cross-platform management for AWS Management Console, Windows and Linux instances.
- Audit Sessions: Users must audit and monitor every authorized and unauthorized user session to AWS instances. Keeping a closer look at every activity of an individual and reporting their access rights leads to a healthy practice for maintaining security.
- Applying Multi-Factor Authentication: Preventing the potential attacks provides a higher level of user assurance. Implementing multi-factor authentication on every level of AWS service management reduces the threat to a great extent.
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Compromising the privileged access credential has become the most common practice for a security breach affecting the AWS deployments. Implementing these aforementioned security approaches eliminates the risk of data being attacked. Organizations like i2k2 Networks who are the Advanced Consulting Partner of AWS, supports customers with their business growth and development. Driven by the talented team of experts, i2k2 promises to deliver performance oriented cloud migration strategies without compromising the previously maintained standards. The logical consultation channelizes the architectural and technical paradigm to meet the challenges of web hosting environments. You can contact our team at +91-120-466-3031 | +91-971-177-4040 or can even drop a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.