Newly announced AWS offerings of Access Analyzer, Amazon Detective and AWS Nitro Enclaves discussed in my last blog post, further round out AWS’s security services and tools such as Amazon GuardDuty that continuously monitors for threats to accounts and workloads, Amazon Inspector that assesses application hosts for vulnerabilities and deviations from best practices, Amazon Macie that uses machine learning to discover, classify, and protect sensitive data, and AWS Security Hub, a unified security and compliance center.

These new security capabilities come hard on the heels of other security-related innovation announced ahead of re:Invent, including a feature added to AWS IAM to help organizations identify unused roles in AWS accounts by reporting the latest timestamp when role credentials were used to make an AWS request so that unused roles can be identified and removed; a native feature called  Amazon S3 Block Public Access to help customers use core services more securely; and the ability to connect Azure Active Directory to AWS Single Sign-on (SSO) once, manage permissions to AWS centrally in AWS SSO, and enable users to sign in using Azure AD to access assigned AWS accounts and applications.

Increasing focus on supporting regulatory frameworks

Further underlining the focus by AWS on security and compliance, its Security Hub service available in Europe since June 2019 recently announced 12 new partner integrations and plans to announce a set of new features in early 2020, focusing on supporting all major regulatory frameworks.

By making it easier for organizations using web services to comply with regulations, AWS once again appears to be shoring up the security reputation of cloud-based services as well as working to make security and compliance prime drivers of cloud migration.

While Security Hub integrates with three third-party Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs), namely Alert Logic, Armor and Rackspace and has more than 25 security partner integrations that enable sharing of threat intelligence, most of the tools announced at re:Invent are designed to work with other AWS services to protect AWS workloads.

Reality check: IT environments are typically hybrid and multi-cloud

The reality is that most organizations using cloud services have a hybrid environment and are working with multiple cloud providers, which is something AWS should consider supporting with future security-related services.

In the meantime, organizations that have a hybrid multi-cloud IT environment may want to consider other solutions. At the very least, they should evaluate which set of solutions helps them across their complete IT environment, on premises and across various clouds. Having strong security tools for AWS, for Microsoft Azure, for other clouds, and for their on-premise environments helps for these platforms, but lacks the support for comprehensive security across and integrated Incident Management spanning the whole IT environment.

KuppingerCole Advisory Services can help in streamlining the security tools portfolio with our “Portfolio Compass” methodology, but also in defining adequate security architectures.

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