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Cloud adoption is increasing in the business world. Cloud platforms are helping organizations create new value. Right Scale reports that 94% of global enterprises use cloud services in some way for their day to-to-day operations. 66% of enterprises said they had established Cloud Centers of Excellence in order to accelerate cloud adoption. This is a sign of the commitment of organizations to cloud implementation. However, cloud migration is not without its challenges. Organizations are working hard to overcome these obstacles in order to get better ROI from the cloud. Accenture’s survey found that compliance and security risks are the biggest obstacles to cloud migration. This was reported by two-thirds (63%) of respondents). Respondents believed that cloud migration success was affected by the risk.
How can an organization protect its digital assets on AWS? How can AWS training improve protection? This article will answer these questions and provide information about some AWS cloud security features.
What makes cloud security different from on-premises security?
The way that data is protected is a fundamental difference between cloud security, and on-premises security. On-premises security functions more like a product. The IT team creates servers and takes security precautions to ensure that the applications and data are safe. The IT team is in complete control of the security tools and infrastructure.
Cloud security is a process-based approach to protecting infrastructure and data. Cloud deployment is easier and the IT team is less involved in the day-today operations of employees using the cloud. Data security issues are increasing as more engineers and developers deploy and work on cloud projects. Data stored on public cloud servers is at risk. Security breaches can be avoided by following the right processes. The best practices should be documented and policies established. Employees must also be aware of their responsibilities when working with cloud-based applications.
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AWS’s Approach to Cloud Security
AWS, the leader in cloud computing, designed its infrastructure to be scalable, reliable, and secure. To protect the infrastructure, it uses layers of controls, validation processes, testing, and automation tools. These tools and techniques allow clients to monitor the security of their infrastructure 24/7.
AWS clearly distinguishes between its responsibilities as well as those of customers/client organizations. This is the shared security responsibility model, according to AWS.
AWS is responsible to secure cloud infrastructure, while customers/client organizations are responsible for data, applications, projects, and workloads that are deployed in the cloud. This is called the shared model. AWS provides a variety of tools that customers/clients can use to create adequate access control and security measures for their applications and workloads. To successfully implement cloud features, the technical team must complete AWS security certification training courses.
Understanding the AWS Shared Security Responsibility Model
AWS shares security responsibility with its customers, as stated previously. While the cloud provider protects the infrastructure, the customer must take security precautions when uploading data and engaging in transactions with the cloud. The type of AWS service (IaaS or PaaS) will determine which customer has what role and responsibility. IaaS requires that the customer design the cloud architecture for their specific needs on AWS. Security measures are therefore more on the customer’s shoulders.
The following sections will provide information about AWS’s shared model and how AWS allows customers to create security features.
Shared Security – AWS’ Role
AWS is responsible to secure the cloud infrastructure including the underlying hardware and software. AWS can also be responsible for certain services that offer more than infrastructure. These include the operating system, platform, and other related services.
Shared Security – The Role of the Customer
Either the customer controls or processes data on the cloud platform, Security of the platform, OS, network, identity access management and data encryption should all be taken care of by the customer. AW