Ten Ways to Secure Your AWS Account

Proper data security is always a concern, whether your data is on-premise or on the cloud. Here are some of the best practices for securing your data on Amazon Web Services (AWS). While this list is not comprehensive, this would be a good starting point for implementing basic security on the AWS platform.

Security is a shared responsibility between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its customers operating a digital commerce business. AWS is responsible for the security OF the cloud, and the customer is responsible for the security IN the cloud. This model clearly defines who is responsible for securing the resources when using AWS.

1.  Protect your Root Account

2.  Console Users

3.  Enable AWS Config

The first step to securing your environment is to create an asset inventory. Config enables you to assess, audit, and evaluate configurations of the AWS services deployed in the account. Config continuously monitors and records your AWS configurations.

4.  Enable AWS CloudTrail for all regions

CloudTrail enables governance, compliance, operational auditing of your AWS account and provides the event history of your AWS account activity for actions taken through the AWS console, AWS CLI, SDK.

5.  Enable Security Hub for CIS Controls and AWS Controls

6.  Enable GuardDuty and configure Alerts with CloudWatch Events

GuardDuty is a threat detection service that continuously monitors malicious or unauthorized behavior to protect AWS resources. GuardDuty analyzes and processes data from Cloudtrail event logs, VPC Flow Logs, and DNS logs to detect anomalies.

7.  Defense in depth.

Use a defense-in-depth approach when protecting AWS resources.

8. Backups

9.  Data Protection Using KMS

10.  S3 Buckets

Using these best practices, you can build protection mechanisms for your applications and data on Amazon Web Services