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Implementing Effective IaaS Cloud Security in Amazon Web Services

Published: 07 November 2014

ID: G00260748

Analyst(s): Erik Heidt , Nick Nikols


All but the most stringent security requirements can be satisfied through the synergy of AWS's cloud capabilities and third-party security tools. This assessment identifies and analyzes these architectures and strategies.

Table Of Contents


  • Examining AWS Security Foundations
    • AWS Public Commitments
    • How AWS Secures the IaaS Infrastructure
    • Independent Third-Party Validation — Don't Take Their Word for It
  • Constructing Secure Solutions Within AWS
    • Network Traffic Control Capabilities
    • Leveraging Encryption to Improve Data Security
    • Authentication and Authorization of AWS Consoles and APIs
    • Successful Use of Third-Party Security Tools
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • Structuring Your Deployment: AWS Accounts and VPCs
  • Virtual Private Clouds
    • VPCs Are a Different Networking Paradigm
    • VPC Network Access Control Capabilities
    • What About Logs?
    • Leveraging Your Current Experience
  • Network of Secure Instances
  • Instance Encryption
  • Managing Privilege Effectively
    • Authentication
    • Authorization
    • Leveraging Federated Identity
    • Separation-of-Duties Strategies
    • Privileged Account Management
    • Consider Access via Bastion Host

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