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7 tips for protecting your AWS cloud

Brandon Butler | June 23, 2014
Code Spaces was hacked and had to shut down; what can you learn from this?

AWS has a variety of backup options, including its various storage and database offerings, like S3, EBS and DynamoDB. It also has Glacier, which is a "cold storage" service that provides very low cost, highly fault tolerant storage, but with relatively slow response times for retrieving the data. Other customers may be more comfortable with backing up the data to their on-premises environment rather than to the cloud.

Another misconception, Ayoub says, is that applications in the cloud will always be updated. That may be true in a SaaS environment, but in IaaS not so much. AWS provides the base-level infrastructure to host applications. It's up to the customer to control the applications that run on those virtual machines. Many vendors update their software frequently to patch bugs and update their security features. All those advancements are useless if you do not have the most up-to-date version of the software running on it.

Would these tips have prevented the Code Spaces situation? There is no way to know. Ayoub says the reality is that many organizations are not taking appropriate security precautions. Although using the cloud can come with economic benefits such as lower hardware costs, ease of management and ubiquitous access, you shouldn't just throw workloads into the cloud without thinking hard about security.

 

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