The importance of security cannot be stressed enough. Security is the forefront of your AWS Cloud. Your cloud deserves to have the best armour and the strongest security practices in place. You should always keep a tab on the AWS security page to be on top of security challenges and solutions.

Ensuring basic security best practices isn’t enough. You may have easily missed vital security best practices in your cloud, where large volume of resources are modified and launched on a daily basis. You can be always be on top of cloud security by making sure to continuously implement new security measures and tweaking your existing security plan.

Given below are a few must know security hacks that you must follow.

  1. Security Groups

A security group acts as a virtual firewall that controls the inbound and outbound traffic for one or more instances. Stop data breach at the doorstep by reducing the number of open security ports. Only keep ports open that are associated with absolutely relevant IP and security groups.

2. IAM MFA Audit

Protect your cloud from online hackers. Just enable Multi Factor Authentication for IAM users.

3. ELB Access Log

ELB Access log is your answer to enhanced security!

4. Termination Protection

Accidental termination of mission critical EC2 instances can be a huge problem. Enable the API termination protection to allow anything like this to ever happen.

5. ELB Listener Security Audit

Don’t forget to create HTTPS or SSL listeners for publicly interfaced ELBs.

Having no listener that use a secure protocol in your load balance can be a threat to your data.

6. Unused IAM Access Keys

It’s one of the easiest best practices you can do. If you have unused certain IAM access keys in the last 30 days or since creation, it’s time to remove them. It will not only give you better security but also avoid key compromises.

7. Root Account Access Key

One of the best ways to protect your account is to not have an access key for your root account. You can do this by creating one or more AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) users and giving them the necessary permissions.

8. IAM Admin Roles Audit

Throw the risk of having only one unique IAM admin for your AWS account out of the window. Instead, have more AWS IAM users, give them the permissions, and use these IAMs for everyday interaction with AWS. Here’s an additional tip: Try to use temporary security credentials (IAM Roles) instead of long-term access keys.

9. CloudTrail

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. If you want to track changes to resources, answers simple questions about user activity, demonstrate compliance, troubleshoot, or perform security analysis you should enable CloudTrail.

10. IAM Admin Count

It is dangerous to have only one admin account. But it can also be extremely bad for your security to have too many! Make sure to not have many IAM users with admin rights.

Here’s more more tip to help you in your security quest. Use a cloud management platform like Botmetric to implement security best practices for you and perform a comprehensive audit of your AWS cloud infrastructure. Your job will become easier and your cloud security will become unbreakable.

These best practices are very crucial for your cloud security, but they are also only the tip of the iceberg. Ascertain the depths of cloud security best practices by reading the full article. Trust me, your cloud security will thank you!

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