IDG Contributor Network: Enhancing cloud security for AWS deployments

So many organizations are migrating their entire IT infrastructure to the cloud and adopting a “cloud first” approach. With this approach, organizations cut down on overall IT business costs, while increasing scalability, modernizing their IT infrastructure and enabling collaboration among development teams to help solve complex challenges.

The most popular cloud computing platform on the market today is Amazon Web Services (AWS). With 33 percent of the market share, AWS is a leader in facilitating this cloud computing migration. Shifting to an AWS deployment offers many benefits, including its ease to use, ability to scale and usage-based price. If a developer needs a new server, they can quickly and easily spin one up at a low cost and without waiting for IT to order and provision a physical server.

The advantages of an AWS deployment do outweigh the risks, but it is important to understand where the limitations are and how to mitigate them. A common challenge is cloud security. AWS provides built-in security features like Identity and Access Management (IAM) to help control access to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) services. However, the security of transactions and data handled in AWS require a deeper look and most often, need additional tools.

In addition, cloud platforms introduce new technology capabilities (such as orchestration) that require IT staff to consider new processes, including security processes. In another example, enterprises want to leverage cloud data storage to gather data from various sources. Previously, the data container or the application that was hard-wired to the data container handled security. When organizations pool data from multiple sources, they must rethink the security model and how it is applied across the enterprise.