Cybersecurity is one of the biggest challenges facing companies and organizations today. According to the Symantec Information Security Threats report, in 2020 there was a 350% increase in ransomware attacks (attacks that request extortion of stolen data), indicating a growing sophistication of cybercriminals and the need for more effective protection against cyber threats is born. Additionally, according to Verizon’s 2021 Information Security report, phishing and credential theft were the top attack vectors used by cybercriminals in 2020.
With this in mind, security in the cloud or from the cloud is vitally important to protect the information and digital systems of companies and organizations that use cloud services. Amazon Web Services (AWS), as one of the leading cloud service providers, has been noted for its focus on security. AWS offers a wide variety of tools and services to protect information, including data encryption, multi-factor authentication, access control, intrusion detection, and threat management. In addition, AWS complies with a large number of security and privacy standards, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Cloud security is essential to protect business and organization data and systems, and AWS has established itself as a leader in this field.
In our experience, we have observed that many organizations use multiple different security tools to protect their data. However, these tools often do not integrate well with each other, making it difficult to detect and respond to security threats. Additionally, a lack of integration can increase the costs and complexity of security management, which can result in insufficient data protection. Therefore, it is important that organizations look for security solutions that offer effective integration between the different tools, to ensure complete and effective protection of sensitive data.
As a solution to the problem, AWS created Amazon Security Lake to help its customers improve the security of their data and applications in the cloud. Amazon Security Lake is a secure and scalable data repository that enables AWS customers to store, process, and analyze large amounts of security data, such as audit logs, security events, alerts, and vulnerabilities.
By providing a cloud-based security solution, AWS seeks to address the security challenges faced by businesses and organizations operating in increasingly complex digital environments. With Amazon Security Lake, AWS customers can:
Provide the opportunity to carry out both descriptive and predictive analytics processes, improving decision making.
Facilitate internal and external audits by centralizing security data.
Improve internal processes in security teams and integrations such as DevSecOps processes.
Integrate with AWS organizations following the AWS suggested account and environment management model.
By analyzing the information, refine the incident response processes.
Facilitate forensic processes by maintaining a history of security information and being able to cross-reference sources.
Amazon security Lake adopts the Open Cybersecurity Schema Framework (OCSF), an open standard.
It has integration to add on-premise sources, helping to integrate with your cloud environment.
Additionally, Amazon Security Lake integrates with a wide variety of third-party security and analytics tools such as Cisco, Barracuda, Cloudflare, CrowdStrike, DTEX, IBM Security, IronNet, JupiterOne, Okta, Palo Alto Networks, Rapid7, Salesforce, Securonix, Sumo Logic, Tanium, Trend Micro, and Zscaler, allowing AWS customers to customize their security solution to meet their specific needs. In summary, AWS created Amazon Security Lake to help its customers improve the security of their data and applications in the cloud, offering a scalable and flexible solution that adapts to the needs of each organization.
If you’d like to understand how to implement Amazon Security Lake in your organization, or would like to learn more about our experiences deploying security tools on AWS, please contact us here.