Improving data security for AWS servers

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, November 30, 2018

With an aim to reduce business cost while simultaneously boosting scalability, collaboration, and digitization, every organization is moving its entire IT infrastructure to the cloud. Amazon Web Services (AWS), one of the most popular cloud computing platforms in the market today that allows businesses to migrate their data to cloud, quickly and easily. Although AWS has built-in security features like Identity and Access Management (IAM) to help administer the access to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) services, the security of transactions and data handled still requires a more in-depth perspective. Additionally, with the introduction of the cloud’s new technological capabilities such as orchestration, the IT department needs to consider new security processes to further strengthen their infrastructure.

The IAM strategy that AWS employs majorly focuses on authorizing administrators to manage servers, databases, and containers. The most significant limitation of IAM is that it concentrates on securing the infrastructure rather than the data. Thus, organizations require advanced external security tools and measures to ensure proper handling and sharing of sensitive data.

Businesses can expand access control of data beyond AWS by using external dynamic authorization that is delivered with Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC). Dynamic authorization for AWS runs by leveraging access control and business policies to manage resources. By using this approach, organizations can define their data access policies and apply them in AWS deployments consistently.  Also, using policies instead of the codes makes dynamic authorization the system of choice to improve visibility, scalability, and efficiency.

Advantages of dynamic authorization for AWS deployments

For the AWS deployments, the implementation of dynamic authorization enables businesses to ensure secure access to applications and data in the cloud, while realizing several other benefits as well.

1. Dynamic authorization saves a significant amount of developer’s time, as they are no longer burdened with adding security logic to the APIs/microservices.

2. By separating the security logic from the application the overall maintenance cost is reduced.

3. Running of an access control service in AWS along with the protected applications and data delivers maximum system performance. It also allows organizations to operate the security infrastructure in the same way they manage their applications.