Automate your security on AWS

Automating your AWS security operations will allow you to continuously monitor security threats, ensure better compliance, and enable your team to take the necessary steps of action in case of a threat. 

Here are a few things to know about automating your security on AWS:

The AWS cloud

The AWS marketplace is designed to help you differentiate your company, innovate much quicker, migrate under your terms, and reduce risk while at it. Generally, most software buyers will want to know whether their resources are secure, if their applications are running well and whether they are on budget.

When it comes to migration, some common challenges people face relate to existing software contracts, license portability, and the vendors’ willingness to offer reasonable prices. We help evaluate and onboard new software vendors, bring on-premises governance controls, and drive culture change.

The process of migrating

There are tons of decisions you will need to make based on the needs of your business. The first thing you want to consider is whether you are on cloud-native or an on-prem technology. You will also have to decide on what and when you want to migrate. Also, you can choose to modernize your applications and put the right tools in place after migrating.

When migrating and modernizing your applications, you will also need to think about refactoring and repurchasing to achieve the agility and speed that you need.

Speed, collaboration, and automation

There are three main development processes: waterfall, agile, and DevOps. Waterfall involves lots of code and manual testing and takes a long time. Agile compresses the time while DevOps entails small pieces of code and automated testing.

In terms of security, you should focus on the security of the CI CD pipeline that your code runs through as well as the supporting characters that insulate your code. You should also look at security within your code, which will involve both manual processes and automated features. The process of making your code compliant has four stages: pre-commit, commit, acceptance, and deployment. In the end, it will be important to ensure you are both secure and compliant.

Companies have different options available to them when it comes to code updates and addressing security vulnerabilities. The process will require you to balance security and the time over which you get something out. You can choose a purely automated process or one that combines automation and manual processes. As such, you have to consider your needs before choosing the process that works for you. As you think about automated security and compliance, you should also factor in speed and stability.

The good news is that the AWS marketplace offers a wide range of security products to meet the diverse needs of companies.

Ideas on how to automate security

Making the transition to the cloud can feel overwhelming, particularly if you are moving to something new. You can start out with a shared account strategy, where you have everything in a single account. This approach will make you discoverable but will come with challenges like cost accountability, operational conflicts, and security issues.

To address the challenges, a linked account strategy would be a good option. Having several accounts grouped logically will help to manage costs better, deal with the operational concerns, and improve security. However, the cost accountability is likely to become more complex, and there will still be challenges with operational conflicts.

Obtaining insights into what goes on in the individual accounts in terms of costs and accountability will enable you to adapt and scale easily. Also, teams have to understand that they will be responsible for ops tasks, and the tech stack will have to be updated. Automation is a great way to ensure systems are secure without slowing down the business. Once you have achieved compliance visibility, you can work on moving from visibility to actionability.

After taking the necessary steps to secure your environment, you should have it tested. Intraway provides agile solutions to ensure intelligent automation for autonomous networks. Contact us to learn more.

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