Best Practices for AWS Security

best practices aws security

With over 1 million business customers [TechCrunch, 2015], it’s safe to say that AWS is being used ubiquitously by cloud-forward orgs. The benefits in efficiency and cost-savings are clear. But now there is growing concern around the security of AWS. There are a number of different techniques that you allow you to secure AWS and many can be quite complicated and expensive.

We’ve put together a short list of best practices for AWS security that everybody can do with a small budget and without expensive security experts. In our estimation, these are the basics that you need to be doing for your AWS security.  

Why AWS Security Matters

We know that focusing on security can be an expensive and time consuming chore. Obviously, keeping AWS secure is worth it. But if you’re not careful you can end up spending more time on securing your AWS infrastructure than you do running your product or service from it.

That’s not the goal, but you do need to be secured. These best practices balance the need to be secure with being cost-effective and efficient with your time. Take the four steps below and you will dramatically reduce the chances of a security breach.

Best Practices for AWS Security

#1 Enable Multi-factor Authentication on AWS IAM –

Credential Management

AWS IAM is AWS’s web console to manage AWS. AWS IAM can give IT admins or sysadmins a way to adjust the infrastructure and give people the ability to setup instances, change permissions, and delete infrastructure. It’s incredibly powerful and in the wrong hands, they own your infrastructure.

A simple step to increase the security and help ensure that your AWS infrastructure stays in the right hands? Enable multi-factor authentication to AWS IAM.

#2 Lock Down AWS Security Groups –

Identity Security

What traffic can get in or out of your AWS infrastructure is important to protecting your AWS infrastructure. AWS Security Groups is effectively your firewall to your infrastructure. There are defaults that are helpful, but you are going to want to try and lock it down much more. Decide why you need inbound ports (Read more...)

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Jon Griffin

Jon Griffin works as a writer for JumpCloud, an organization focused on bringing centralized IT to the modern organization. He graduated with a degree in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and is an avid learner of new technology from cloud-based innovations to VR and more.

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