Data Security in the AWS Cloud

Conclusions

Even AWS cannot protect private keys against every form of threat on third-party servers. Utilizing the CloudHSM services moves admins towards an acceptable level of protection for their corporate data. Regardless, users have to have a certain amount of trust in Amazon or – where possible – adapt the cloud architecture to avoid storing sensitive data.

KMS makes using encryption relatively simple, which hopefully mitigates some admins' tendency to avoid encryption altogether.

The Author

Konstantin Agouros works as Head of Open Source and AWS Projects at Matrix Technology AG, where he and his team advise customers on open source and cloud topics. His new book Software Defined Networking: Practice with Controllers and OpenFlow has been published by de Gruyter.

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