AWS Security Tools: Some Important Tips
Security can mean different things to different people. Some people define security as dressing appropriately for a wedding, which can make them feel secure for the evening. Others may refer to having a healthy bank account that will provide financial security for their entire lives. Information Security can be described as protecting your network and data from the evil elements of cyberspace.
Cloud security is not without its vulnerabilities and risks. They face security challenges such as:
Privacy of data
Integrity, Non Authentication and Non-Repudiation
Online attacks such as a man-in the-middle attack and Phishing, SQL injections, DDoS, Phlashing and others can be carried out online.
Security is essential for any organization just as it is for any individual. Cyber warfare is making it one of the most common encounters in the IT industry. We have come a long way from the days when security was just an afterthought in business. Security is now the driving force behind the entire operation.
AWS is the dominant cloud computing platform in the world, holding the largest market share. It is rapidly growing and the need to protect it against breaches and vulnerabilities increases. AWS is a stable Cloud Platform that focuses on security in all aspects.
Monitoring networks and detecting threats is vital and essential. To detect threats and secure your infrastructure, you will need additional software and hardware such as sensors and appliances. Next, you will need to configure them across all your accounts. Monitoring and protecting these accounts requires the collection and analysis massive amounts of data. You must then accurately identify threats and prioritize warnings, and then respond to them. All of this must be done at scale, without causing disruption to your company or limiting your cloud flexibility. All of this required a lot of knowledge, more time, and a large amount of money upfront. You now need a simpler, smarter and more cost-effective way to protect your AWS accounts. We have listed the five most important AWS security tools.
AWS Security Tools1. AWS WAF: This stands for Web Application Firewall. It tracks HTTP and HTTPS requests that are forwarded to Amazon CloudFront (ALB), Application Load Balancers (ALB) or Amazon API Gateway. You can also control access to your content using the IP address where the request originated. It can also approve or deny any web request according to your preferences and regulations. If the request is granted, it will provide access and respond with the requested content. Otherwise, it will respond with a 403 status code (i.e. Forbidden access.
AWS WAF requires three items in order to function: Access Control Lists, Rules, and Rule groups. AWS WAF manages Web ACL capacities units (WCIJ), for Rules, Rule groups, and Web ACLs. AWS WAF can only allow or block web request, so WAF is the best option if you want web requests to be blocked. It establishes rules and conditions for web request. WAF can also count the requests that match the properties you have specified. You can use AWS WAF in order to allow or block requests based upon new properties.
WAF can count requests based upon these properties. Once you are certain, you can either allow or block them. This prevents the website’s access from being blocked accidentally.
2. AWS Shield: AWS Shield, a managed DDoS (Distributed Deny of Service) security service for Amazon Web Services apps, is AWS Shield. A Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack is a malicious attempt to disrupt regular traffic by floo