Amazon Web Services has announced it is collaborating with cyber security specialists Ionic Security to deliver a range of hybrid, high-assurance data protection and control services to its customers. AWS will deploy the new offering via the AWS Marketplace to regulated clients across the globe. It means users will be able to employ Ionic’s tech to secure data both on-premise and in the cloud, which is becoming an increasingly important business function for both compliance and regulation in the digital age.
AWS already offers one of the strongest infrastructures available, with controls including identity and access management, private networks creation and authentication management. The introduction of Ionic’s High Assurance Platform will enforce further granular access controls on the big data that enterprises store and the applications they use. It is the first time that Amazon has invested in a cyber security company, and is an indication of the growing need for large corporations and SMEs to secure their data in a simple and efficient manner, regardless of its location. The partnership will ensure that even the most sensitive of data is protected at all times.
“Internet-scale, high-assurance data protection and control services are critical to the success of a cloud- and mobile-enabled ecosystem. However, they have traditionally been employed by more sophisticated companies and government agencies,” Security Engineering and chief information security officer for Amazon Web Services Inc. Stephen Schmidt said. He went on to state that: “The goal of our collaboration with Ionic is to deliver these services to any organization, at scale with provisioning, management ease and streamlined procurement via AWS Marketplace.”
A new report by analytics firm Anomali has highlighted the continued threat that hacks and attacks pose to modern business. Cyber criminals have targeted eight out of ten companies on the FTSE 100 index during the last three months. These criminals are attempting to use malicious domain registrations to trick unsuspecting users to send sensitive information. The study also noted that thousands of employee email passwords from these leading companies had been found and could either be sold or stolen in the near future.
Anomali VP of EMEA, Jamie Stone urged enterprises to make better use of the threat intelligence available to them to glean relevant, actionable data that can be used to thwart attacks. He added: “The ability to learn and understand the impact of these additional fake domains and gather metrics about how employees use their work-related credentials outside of the workplace is absolutely crucial to maintaining security across the business.”
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