Operational Complexity: The Biggest Security Threat to Your AWS Environment
Managing tightly-controlled user access in AWS is too complex and leads to errors and sloppiness. There are six main reasons for this:
1. User access is IP-centric, and users’ IP addresses change
2. Dynamic environments cause extra administrative burdens
3. Complexity leads to shortcuts
4. Forced use of VPN connectivity to manage access control
5. Logging correlation complexities
6. AWS shared responsibility model adherence
AWS makes it clear that security is a shared responsibility. While AWS is responsible for security ‘of’ the cloud, you’re responsible for what’s ‘in’ the cloud. So we turn to AWS Security Groups, but they introduce operational complexity with negative consequences.
In our new eBook, Operational Complexity: The Biggest Security Threat to Your AWS Environment, we discuss some of the challenges with either wide-open access or tightly-controlled access in AWS. Both have consequences, so what do you do?
Here’s an example of one those challenges: Four users access the Amazon environment from a known source. Their public IP address is the known source. The security groups are configured appropriately. The challenge is when users try to access from other locations.
You can learn what new security model overcomes this challenge inside the eBook.
Check out the eBook to learn more about what changes you’ll need to make with your AWS security moving forward.