Trends Report

AWS Cloud Security

AWS Takes Important Steps For Securing Cloud Workloads

February 5th, 2014
EF
Ed Ferrara
With contributors:
Andras Cser , Heidi Shey , Christopher McClean , James Staten , Thayer Frechette

Summary

Security to and from the cloud is a hot topic. The notion that cloud technologies should not be used by large enterprises due to security concerns is rapidly fading. Security still ranks as the No. 1 impediment to full-scale cloud adoption, but cloud service providers (CSPs) are quickly responding to these concerns. Amazon Web Services (AWS), for example, provides a significant number of security services to clients through a model of shared responsibility. Using AWS companies can build infrastructures as secure as, and possibly more secure than, those they can build on-premises. The move to cloud will force security and risk pros to consider the options they have for securing cloud workloads. Companies like Amazon that provide necessary security services will fast become leaders in the cloud platform space. This report is a first look at the types of security controls available from AWS. Security and risk pros should use this document as a primer on the security services available from AWS and to compare those with the security services offered by competitive cloud providers.

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