Advantages of the AWS Security Maturity Model

As the IT industry evolves and more sensitive customer and organizational data flood the digital sphere, infrastructure security is a skyrocketing priority. Furthermore, the transition from on-premises to the cloud has substantially altered previous security models. Therefore, ensuring the security of your cloud environments requires a measured strategy that ranges from basic configurations and threat detection to a robust incident response plan.

However, you may find it difficult to determine where your current security measures fall in this range. To help their users assess such factors, Amazon Web Services introduced the AWS Security Maturity Model. This model provides a peer-reviewed matrix of areas to consider when evaluating and enhancing your cloud security. While not a rigid blueprint, the Security Maturity Model provides areas of focus and structure that enable you to understand and implement the most relevant and situationally effective components of enterprise security.

Moreover, once your systems live in the cloud, your security plan is no longer a one-sided endeavor. Traditionally owned by the enterprise, security has now become a mutual responsibility among vendors, clients, and users. In support of streamlining vendor risk assessments, AWS launched Marketplace Vendor Insights.

Cloud vendors are responsible for the security of the cloud. They provide security for their native infrastructure, including hardware, software, networking, and facilities.

As the cloud customer, you’re responsible for the security of your cloud-hosted systems. For example, if your company uses Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Services (EKS), you’re responsible for the associated controls, such as the

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