Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a range of cloud services, including virtualized security products arranged as a marketplace for users of AWS services. DRM protections are also available to secure content.
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) solutions in the area of cyber security involve providing virtual protections for AWS services and users. To this end, AWS provides a range of virtual services for compute (including EC2), networking, CDN, storage, database, deployment, management, and application services. Specific AWS services focused on security include the following:
• Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) – Provides an authentication infrastructure for users of AWS services.
• CloudWatch – Provides a management and monitoring service for users of the AWS suite.
The security marketplace available on AWS provides the most power for users. A rich set of vendors including Ping Identity, Splunk, Sumo Logic, Tenable, Porticor, Dome9, Check Point Software, Sophos, CloudCheckr, Alert Logic, Tinfoil Security, Trend Micro, Deep Security, and many others. These products are offered as virtual software packages that can be embedded in the AWS cloud environment.