5 Surefire AWS Security Best Practices (Not Just) For Dummies

An organization’s security apparatus is characterized by the maturity, effectiveness, and completeness of the security controls implemented. It is not merely a one-time architecture level task. These security controls are implemented over multiple layers and are also implemented at the people and process levels to ensure separation of duties and change management. Even though security controls in cloud computing are not different from security controls in any IT environment and Data Centers, it presents a different set of risks to an organization than traditional IT solutions. For the reason that,  the cloud services model has responsibilities both at the provider level and the consumer level. Here are the top five AWS security best practices that can help you take your security posture a notch higher:

1.Frequently Access Management Controls

AWS provides Identity and Access Management (AWS IAM) tool to manage the users who can access the resources directly. Enterprises should ensure that there is no unauthorized access to the resources though identity theft by ensuring that the passwords of these users are constantly rotated. Enabling Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is also a very important practice to to be followed. In addition to user level, the Access Management controls should ensure that EC2 key pairs to access the resources through protocols like SSH are also frequently rotated.

2. AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF)

AWS WAF, the popular application firewall, aids in protecting web apps from the most frequently used cyber-attacks techniques such as OWASP TOP 10 cyber-attacks. These attacks can compromise the security of your application. So, by deploying customized web security rules in AWS WAF, we can control which traffic can be let to access the apps or which one to be blocked from the web applications. This can be done by defining access rules. One can access readily available rules to block known attack patterns such as SQL injection or cross-site scripting. We can also deploy open source WAF solutions like Mod Security instead of AWS WAF.

3.Security Scans and Monitoring of Audit Log

Using tools like OWASP ZAP, Security Scans can check for the existence of any vulnerabilities like publicly accessible ports. These tools should be used periodically to ensure that these vulnerabilities are closed immediately. Security Scans for OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities can ensure that the WAF security rules are properly configured and are indeed protecting the applications from possible cyber-attacks. Analytics can reveal underlying patterns of attacks which have bypassed the Web Application Firewall’s predefined rules-sets.

4.Security Compliance

Compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) is a very key aspect of security that cannot be ignore. Especially if you are an ecommerce company or an online retail business. In order to comply with PCI-DSS standard, we have to track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data through deploying Logging mechanisms. In order to comply with PCI-DSS standards, we can deploy OSSEC, a scalable, multi-platform, open source/intrusion detection system (HIDS). OSSEC helps us to perform log analysis, check file integrity, monitor policy, detect intrusions, and alert in real time. In addition to OSSEC, we can also deploy Wazuh has integrated OSSEC HIDS with the ELK Stack and provides PCI compliance dashboard with rich visualizations. Wazuh also provides OSSEC rule-set for PCI-DSS compliance.

5.HSM for Data-at-Rest

For many enterprises, their applications and data are subject to be stored in encrypted forms to meet rigorous contractual or regulatory requirements. The cryptographic keys are needed to have additional protection. These highly sensitive cryptographic keys are stored in Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). To avail this feature on the AWS Cloud, AWS provides CloudHSM service for saving the encryption keys within HSMs designed to meet government standards. Using secure key management of CloudHSM, we can safely generate, store, and manage cryptographic keys used for data encryption so that they are accessible only by those who are previously authorized to do so. AWS CloudHSM can help businesses comply with strict key management requirements without sacrificing application performance.

To Conclude:

AWS strives to monitor security mechanisms such as physical security, environmental security, and virtualization security regularly. However, the customer has to manage the security controls that relate to the IT resource like server instances operating systems, applications, and data. Hence, periodic security audit, and comprehensive AWS cloud health check, is a critical task that security professionals on the AWS Cloud cannot neglect. Checkout Botmetric’s Security and Governance product to see how it can help you automate many of the repetitive tasks and relieve you to focus more on managing other aspects of the Cloud. Sign up for a 14 day trial today!

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DevOps Culture is Impetus to Cloud Security

Embracing DevOps culture and implementing Automation offers very helpful prospects to improve functional excellence and time-to-market. In addition to these, expenses are abridged in several dimensions like employees costs, assets costs, value costs, intricacy costs, and, most imperative in the eyes of many industry leaders, the time costs.

DevOps has now emerged as a key part of enterprise IT planning. The simple pragmatic way of managing security in an atmosphere that is developing so fast and changing so swiftly is to make it automation first. Botmetric offers facility to schedule Cloud Automation jobs for all the use cases. With our AWS DevOps Automation, you can easily manage your everyday cloud tasks with just a click. Not only this, but you can alleviate impending security concerns while preserving high velocity and quick time-to-market on the side of your business.

You might be following the necessary security best practices. Still, given that a huge volume of resources are tailored and instigated in your AWS cloud infrastructure every day, there is a probability that you would have failed to notice some imperative security best practices. Now, there is no need to manually check that your security best practices are being followed or not. Botmetric’s wide-ranging AWS cloud infrastructure security audit features have them automatically scanned on a daily basis and generate violations list. This will help you in implementing new required security methods along with tweaking your active security plan. It makes sure that your AWS Cloud infrastructure runs efficiently and is completely sheltered from any severe security threats and data violations.

Here’re few measure you can take to deal with issues of cloud privacy:

  • Avoid storing sensitive information in the cloud
  • Try keeping your critical information away from virtual world or use appropriate solutions.
  • Read the user agreement carefully to understand how your preferable cloud service storage works
  • There is no doubt it is going to be boring but you really need to read it carefully to decide which cloud storage to choose
  • Be serious about passwords
  • Never forget your password or use the same password for two emails as it can serve as a real trap sometime

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Security is a meadow where there are a lot of conclusions and choices that industries need to make and they might need to change their strategies in real-time. Botmetric’s well-designed security management is helping organizations in understanding the importance of security specifically and enabling them in incrementally advancing towards their needed posture.

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