Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

9/11/2008
07:29 PM
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn
Commentary
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Amazon Pitches The Security Of Its Cloud

Amazon Web Services, in an effort to foster faith in the security of its infrastructure, on Thursday published a white paper about its security processes.

Amazon Web Services, in an effort to foster faith in the security of its infrastructure, on Thursday published a white paper about its security processes.While AWS's cloud computing infrastructure was clouded by a significant outage over the summer, it's clear that the steps the company takes to protect its customers' data exceed what a small startup might be able to accomplish on its own. Draping collapsed 22-year-old coders around your production server during the night just doesn't qualify as diligent security.

AWS, on the other hand, appears to be seriously committed to keeping its facilities safe.

"AWS data centers are housed in nondescript facilities, and critical facilities have extensive setback and military grade perimeter control berms as well as other natural boundary protection," Amazon's white paper explains.

If the purpose of building "nondescript facilities" is to escape notice, one would think that the presence of something as eye-catching as "military grade perimeter control berms" undermines any attempt at architectural stealth.

Still, it's nice to know that AWS data centers are defended against vehicles because you really don't want cars careering into server stacks.

At AWS data centers, physical access is controlled at the perimeter and building entrance by security professions using video, intrusion detection systems, and "other electronic means." You may be tempted to believe that's a reference to a Pleo in watchdog mode, but AWS almost certainly has deployed something more formidable.

Gort, maybe?

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
DevSecOps: The Answer to the Cloud Security Skills Gap
Lamont Orange, Chief Information Security Officer at Netskope,  11/15/2019
Attackers' Costs Increasing as Businesses Focus on Security
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  11/15/2019
Human Nature vs. AI: A False Dichotomy?
John McClurg, Sr. VP & CISO, BlackBerry,  11/18/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: -when I told you that our cyber-defense was from another age
Current Issue
Navigating the Deluge of Security Data
In this Tech Digest, Dark Reading shares the experiences of some top security practitioners as they navigate volumes of security data. We examine some examples of how enterprises can cull this data to find the clues they need.
Flash Poll
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Frustrated with recurring intrusions and breaches, cybersecurity professionals are questioning some of the industrys conventional wisdom. Heres a look at what theyre thinking about.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-15073
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-20
An Open Redirect vulnerability for all browsers in MAIL2000 through version 6.0 and 7.0, which will redirect to a malicious site without authentication. This vulnerability affects many mail system of governments, organizations, companies and universities.
CVE-2019-15072
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-20
The login feature in "/cgi-bin/portal" in MAIL2000 through version 6.0 and 7.0 has a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability, allowing execution of arbitrary code via any parameter. This vulnerability affects many mail system of governments, organizations, companies and universities.
CVE-2019-15071
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-20
The "/cgi-bin/go" page in MAIL2000 through version 6.0 and 7.0 has a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability, allowing execution of arbitrary code via ACTION parameter without authentication. The code can executed for any user accessing the page. This vulnerability affects many mail syste...
CVE-2019-6176
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-20
A potential vulnerability reported in ThinkPad USB-C Dock Firmware version 3.7.2 may allow a denial of service.
CVE-2019-6184
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-20
A potential vulnerability in the discontinued Customer Engagement Service (CCSDK) software version 2.0.21.1 may allow local privilege escalation.