AWS Security Hub Standards Implemented
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This course covers the core learning objective to meet the requirements of the 'Designing secure solutions in AWS - Level 3' skill

Learning Objectives:

  • Create an AWS cross-account authentication and access strategy for complex organization
  • Create an effective auditing strategy for AWS authentication and access control
  • Evaluate AWS prevention controls for large-scale web applications
  • Apply AWS detection controls and security services for large-scale applications

AWS Security Hub automatically implements three fundamental standards as defined by the Center for Internet Security, or CIS. CIS is helping make the connected world a safer place by publishing guidelines to safeguard public and private organizations against cyber threats. This includes benchmarks for AWS implementations. The reference URL for the Center for Internet Security is Once enabled, Security Hub begins to monitor CIS benchmarks in order to provide you visibility as to what you're doing right and what needs remediation.

The first standard supported by Security Hub is called the AWS Foundational Security Best Practices Version 1.0. This is a standard defined and curated by AWS security experts and represents the most basic actions you need to take on a new account in order to make sure everything else you build is secure. Details as simple as enabling multifactor authentication for all account users, defining a robust password policy, the use of groups for applying permissions to users and making sure you never have publicly accessible Amazon S3 buckets will ensure a high score on this fundamental benchmark. We will discuss how to get a good score on this set of best practices in the next section.

The second standard supported by AWS Security Hub is the CIS AWS Foundations Benchmark Version 1.2. This is a set of best practices for AWS configuration in terms of security. It includes details related to monitoring and logging, which are essential to identify security issues. AWS Security Hub automatically checks for your compliance with these benchmarks once you enable it.

The third standard supported by Security Hub is the PCI DSS Version 3.2.1. This stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards and it applies to the storing and processing of credit card information in your AWS implementation. AWS Security Hub is your central point of access to verify AWS security and take appropriate action when needed.

AWS Security is to be taken seriously and best practices need to be defined by your organization, implemented and reviewed regularly as the security landscape continues to evolve. The importance of security in your AWS infrastructure cannot be overstated. A fundamental error in your security implementation can potentially compromise and cost your business significant losses in time, effort, and money. Cloud security is complicated to implement. AWS Security Hub helps you manage the complexity of collecting and remediating security issues in your AWS infrastructure.

About the Author
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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

Stuart is a member of the AWS Community Builders Program for his contributions towards AWS.

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.