Security is the forefront for any online business today. And on Amazon Web Services Cloud, security is job zero. This is perhaps the top reason why you would want to adopt the AWS Cloudfor your business. You should keep a tab on the ‘AWS Security Page’ to be on top of challenges and solutions to most common security issues on AWS. In this blog post, we will go over some of the most important AWS cloud security best practices, which you must know and enforce.
You may have enforced the basic security best practices. However, since large volumes of resources are modified and launched in your AWS cloud infrastructure on a daily basis, there are chances that you would have missed some vital security best practices. There would be some opportunities to implement new security measures as well as tweak your existing security plan.
Doing so will ensure your AWS Cloud infrastructure is running smoothly and is fully-protected from any serious threats and data breaches.
VaporVM implements the security best practices for you and performs a comprehensive audit of your AWS cloud infrastructure to ensure protection against common threats.
Here’re the list of top 10 security checks that must be regularly performed to ‘bullet-proof’ your AWS infrastructure:
1. Security Groups:
A security group acts as a virtual firewall that controls the inbound and outbound traffic for one or more instances. You basically, associate a security group with the launch of each instance. Since the data may have an open IP port or is open to public access, there are chances of data breach. In order to avoid exposure to security vulnerabilities, we recommend that only ports associated with relevant IP and security groups are kept open.
2. IAM Admin Roles Audit:
Having one unique IAM admin for your AWS account is risky. Instead, have one or more AWS IAM users, give them the permissions, and use these IAMs for everyday interaction with AWS. Also, try to use temporary security credentials (IAM Roles) instead of long-term access keys.
3. ELB Access Log:
If you have not enabled AWS ELB Access for the Elastic load balancers, your data is exposed to some threats. We recommend you to enable the ELB Access log for enhanced security.
4. ELB Listener Security Audit:
If a load balancer has no listener that uses a secure protocol (HTTPS or SSL), it is a threat to your data. Configure one or more secure listeners for your load balancer. You should create HTTPS or SSL listeners for publicly interfaced ELBs.
5. Old IAM Access keys:
As an administrator, we recommend you to regularly rotate /change the access keys for IAM users in your account. If you have given the users the necessary permissions, then they can rotate their own access keys. Meanwhile, change the access keys that are older than 60 days to enhance security of your AWS accounts.
6. Root Account Access Key:
The root account access key audit on VaporVM, identifies if you have any active access key associated to your root account in AWS. One of the best ways to protect your account is to not have an access key for your root account. Create one or more AWS.
Identity and Access Management (IAM) users, give them the necessary permissions.
7. SSL Expiry:
If you have uploaded SSL certificates to Amazon Web Services for ELB (Elastic Load Balancing) or CloudFront (CDN), then you would want to keep an eye on the expiration dates and renew the certificates on time to ensure uninterrupted service. VaporVM SSL Expiry audit will get a list of all SSL certificates, sorted by expiration date.
No Cloudtrail = Security risks! AWS CloudTrail is a web service that records API calls made on your account and delivers log files to your Amazon S3 bucket. Customers who want to track changes to resources, answer simple questions about user activity, demonstrate compliance, troubleshoot, or perform security analysis should as result, enable CloudTrail.
9. RDS Encryption:
Encrypting your RDS is a good practice. If the RDS instances are not encrypted at database storage level, you can use Amazon RDS encryption to increase data protection for your applications deployed in the cloud, and to fulfill any compliance requirements for data-at- rest encryption.
10. S3 Bucket Permissions:
By default, all S3 bucket permissions are private and you need to give Read/Write access permissions to others by writing an access policy. Bucket permissions that grant List access to everyone can result in higher-than- expected charges if objects in the bucket are listed by unintended users at a high frequency. Make sure you are granting limited access permissions.
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