Cloud Cybersecurity for Amazon Web Services CloudLock’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) offering allows organizations to protect their AWS user identities and workloads, as well as bake security into…

Cloud Cybersecurity for Amazon Web Services

Zack Gross

With a passion for all things tech and creative, I spend my time helping people discover how cloud cybersecurity protects and enables businesses all at once.

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CloudLock’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) offering allows organizations to protect their AWS user identities and workloads, as well as bake security into any ISV and IT SaaS apps developed on AWS.

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Why Is This Important?

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More and more companies are using AWS to develop internal and customer-facing applications. In fact, as of late 2015, AWS already had over one million businesses actively using their service to develop apps. Some will house sensitive data, some will connect to other apps, but all should be looked at closely to prevent cybersecurity risks.

The level of flexibility offered by Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) environments is a double-edged sword: while it allows organizations to create, delete, and modify complex virtual machines easily, it also means securing access can be difficult as it requires visibility beyond the infrastructure.

Amazon offers strong security for its AWS infrastructure, but the story doesn’t end there. Organizations are ultimately responsible for strengthening security around usage, unauthorized access, and modifications to configuration settings within the AWS environment. These types of precautions will increase visibility and protect against cyber attacks, insider threats, and human error.

Security Beyond The Infrastructure

This additional security layer protects businesses in three ways:

1. Protecting User Identities and AWS Instances in the AWS Admin Console
The key to securing your AWS console is to restrict what users are allowed to do and what parts of AWS they are allowed to use. Ensuring privileged users are (a) who you think they are, and (b) not engaging in any suspicious activity that endangers the security of AWS instances, is key.

2. Protecting The Apps You Buy in the AWS Marketplace
Beyond protecting the admin console itself, security teams need to protect the data stored and manipulated within apps purchased from the AWS marketplace. Using advanced cloud DLP capabilities to monitor and prevent the loss of that data is a critical component to AWS security. Visit the CloudLock listing on the AWS Marketplace for more information.

3. Protecting Custom Apps You Build
In order to secure apps that are custom built on top of AWS, security teams must find ways to protect against compromised accounts and data breaches without changing the way their applications are built.

The CloudLock® CyberDev Platform™ offers security for custom-built applications built on AWS or any other platform. Within the CyberDev Platform, we offer:

  • CloudLock CyberDev APIs: These connect to custom apps using a series of restful APIs. The advantage to this approach is that it’s very flexible; you can protect apps you build in the cloud and on-premises.
  • CloudLock CyberDev for IaaS and PaaS apps: Here, we pre-integrate with popular platforms such as Force.com and AWS to automatically and codelessly protect the apps you build on top of those platforms.


“CloudLock’s mission is to turn cloud security into a business enabler for organizations and people,” said Gil Zimmermann, CEO and co-founder at CloudLock. “With our expanded cybersecurity-as-a-service offering for AWS, we enable organizations to leverage the most advanced security controls for apps they buy off the shelf, or custom build themselves for some of the most advanced PaaS and IaaS environments.”

What Does Cybersecurity for AWS Look Like?

An effective cybersecurity solution is powerful, flexible, and easy to get going – much like AWS. CloudLock’s Cloud Cybersecurity-as-a-Service offering for AWS provides:

  • Amazon Inspector Integration. Investigate user behavior and data related to incidents or exposures, as well as vulnerability insights. Correlate activities across EC2 environments, surfacing suspicious findings, potential weaknesses in security configuration, or data exfiltration from S3 buckets.
  • Configuration Change Monitoring. Detect changes to key configuration settings and monitor access to key creation and lifecycle, access controls, password policy settings, security groups and other network definitions.
  • Privileged Access Management. Monitor misuse of root and IAM user accounts, and help enforce multi-factor authentication policies.
  • Account Compromise and Threat Protection with User Behavior Analytics. Gain insight into abnormal user activities and identify breaches that may otherwise go undetected– all without impacting user experience.
  • Security Operations & Forensics. Easily determine “who did what and when” to gather evidence and simplify investigations. Access user activity data and forensics views to detect security breaches, reduce investigation times, and comply with regulations.
  • Incident and Policy Management. Track security incidents from initial discovery through resolution and manage policy details, from sensitivity to notifications and automated response actions.
  • SIEM Integration. Connect natively to a number of SIEM solutions such as IBM QRadar, HP ArcSight and Splunk to tightly integrate into an organization’s existing workflow for incident resolution and risk visualization.

CloudLock for AWS is part of the CloudLock Security Fabric, a unified CASB and cybersecurity platform that provides centralized visibility for organizations looking to monitor their SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS environments for Salesforce, Office 365, Google Apps, Dropbox, Box, ServiceNow, AWS or any homegrown or custom app.

Looking to Secure Your AWS Environment?

Experience the benefits of CloudLock’s Security Fabric first-hand when you get a free security assessment of your cloud ecosystem, including SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and IDaaS. Finding out exactly where your sensitive information lies is the first step to solving five primary cloud security needs: Threat Protection, Cloud DLP, App Discovery and Control, Risk and Compliance Management, and Auditing and Forensics.

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