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Defining and Implementing Effective Cloud Security Architecture in Amazon Web Services

Published: 27 September 2016

ID: G00308604

Analyst(s): Mike Morrato

Summary

AWS has placed significant investment, effort and development into its security services within its cloud offering. This assessment examines the real-world applicability of AWS security offerings and explains how IT security architects can create a strong network security architecture within AWS.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Responsibility Model
  • Amazon VPCs, Security Groups and Network ACLs
    • Creating Multizoned Environments
    • Using Multiple Amazon VPCs
  • Extending the Data Center With Amazon VPCs
  • AWS Identity and Access Management
  • AWS Key Management Service and AWS CloudHSM
  • DDoS Protection
  • Logging and Monitoring
  • Third-Party AWS Marketplace
  • Differences From the Enterprise Data Center
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

Guidance

  • Do Not Duplicate Enterprise Security Architecture
  • Explore and Test the Capabilities of AWS IAM Service
  • Use the AWS CloudHSM and/or AWS Key Management Service
  • Use Logging and Monitoring
  • Plan for DDoS Protection

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