Common AWS issues and solutions

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Date: 27 September 2021

A man implements AWS security measures

With all the benefits that come with AWS (Amazon Web Services), it's not hard to see why so many companies utilise it for their networks. Even so, it's worth considering that despite the advantages, there are a few downsides that can come with having AWS as your cloud platform - particularly, the security risks.

Luckily for those who are interested in using AWS, there are often a few things that can be done to mitigate these. If you want to avoid the most common AWS issues, it might be worth implementing a few of the following practices/solutions.

Your responsibility

If you want to protect yourself from cyberattacks, it's important to be aware of what it is that you are liable for, as well as what AWS is responsible for.

Essentially, the role of AWS centres more on the security of the cloud itself. What they can't protect against (and what you need to focus on protecting) is security in the cloud. They provide you with the infrastructure to do what you need to do, but you have to secure what's built upon that.

Think of it this way, if there's a vulnerability in the system you built, AWS isn't at fault. For more information on the matter, you can always take a look at the AWS website to gain a better understanding of what you're in charge of as an AWS customer.

Multi-factor authentication

Credentials can be the golden ticket an attacker needs to gain access to important data. In fact, stolen info can be one of the most common security breach causes – and one of the best ways to protect your company against this is to make it harder for anyone on the outside to access accounts on your network.

This doesn't have to be too complex. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a simple and effective way of ensuring that lost credentials don't lead to a breach in your security. Better yet, this isn't even the only solution. Another simple way to help boost your authentication security is to enforce stronger password policies.

Improve your visibility

It's not always easy to keep an eye on assets and security when using cloud resources, purely due to the fact that there are a variety of different applications that a company can use – all of which can make it hard to decipher what's been accessed and when. Without this visibility, the risks of security breaches are far more common.

The solution? Find an option that offers more visibility. This incorporates any type of resource on any account or region – essentially, you want to find something that can provide you with all the data you need with little fuss.

Build better security strategies

In most cases, implementing new tools can be a great way to protect your data – but it can be even more important to have a good strategy in place. Even better you can have both, to enforce as much security as possible.

Sometimes, understanding how to go about securing your AWS services can be essential to finding the right tools to use. It's worth taking the time to do a little research and learn more about how a good strategy can have a positive impact. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind when developing a strategy:

  • consider both pre-breach and post-breach solutions to prevent an attack, but also to reduce the damage done
  • Bb prepared for a cyberattack to happen – it's practically impossible to be 100% safe, and being ready to handle a breach can make all the difference
  • be aware of and monitor potential threats (fortunately, there are quite a few tools out there that you can use to help with this)

Consider your strategy post-breach

If you are to assume that a breach is inevitable and could happen at any time, what are your options?

Understanding how to respond to mitigate the risks and further damage can be an important part of security measures, even if it technically means that there's a potential flaw in your system that allowed the opportunity for an attack.

Whether there's an issue that you're unaware of or not, it's best to know how to respond to a breach so that you're prepared for anything.

Copyright 2021. Guest post edited by the Donut Blog Team.

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