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Top 10 Cloud Security Tips for Protecting Your Enterprise

Do you know exactly who is accessing your data and applications in Amazon Web Services (AWS)?

According to Gartner’s Cloud Security Survey, more than a quarter of businesses are unable to answer that question with a resounding “YES.” With over one million AWS users, that means there are a lot of unprotected environments.

It’s likely your organization has been operating at high velocity for years, churning out code and continuously delivering high-quality products and services.

But is your AWS environment as secure, compliant and as efficient as it needs to be in today’s rapidly changing threat landscape? An organization is only as strong as its weakest link in IT security.

As more businesses, ranging from healthcare to finance to media and beyond, rely on infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions like AWS, and security threats grow more advanced by the day, it’s more important than ever to know exactly what’s going on in your cloud environment.

To ensure that your business doesn’t find itself in the next wave of security breach headlines, here’s a handful of steps to take for better cloud security:

 

  1. INTEGRATE SECURITY INTO YOUR CONTINUOUS DEPLOYMENT Tweet this
    Leverage configuration management tools (g. Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Salt) to enable automation of software updates and patches; check that your software-defined security can leverage these tools as well for maximum-security coverage.
  2. SCALE WITHOUT HARDWARE RESTRAINTS Tweet this
    Your growing business needs a scalable security solution that doesn’t require any additional hardware (Amazon Machine Images). Look for a security solution that can integrate and auto-scale with AWS natively, and is not merely ported into the cloud.
  3. DEPLOY INTELLIGENT SECURITY THAT RESPONDS TO CHANGE Tweet this
    As threats evolve, so should your security. The best solutions are agile and contextual to reduce the number of false positives. Signature-based protection requires manual updates and is static, filtering only previously identified threats. A better approach is to employ a behavioral-based solution that’s capable of identifying new and/or anomalous activity, which allow you to identify zero-day attacks and new behaviors that threaten your security posture.
  4. GO BEYOND LOGS Tweet this
    While logs are important, they only provide a narrow view into what’s going on. For example, it’s good to know who’s entering and exiting the building, but it’s significantly more useful to know what they’re doing inside. Standard network-based intrusion detection (HIDS) doesn’t provide much detail after the compromise, and the ability to identify behavior leading up to an attack is limited.
  5. IDENTIFY SUSPICIOUS USER BEHAVIOR Tweet this
    When it comes to safeguarding the security of your enterprise, early detection is key. Any suspicious behavior should be flagged to the appropriate parties as soon as it’s spotted. Timely threat detection can be the difference between stopping unintentional insider threat activities – like a developer who unintentionally copied files from the production server – and a company-wide data breach.

For more cloud security tips, check out our white paper that lays out the top 10 cloud security tips for protecting your enterprise. Download the white paper here.