Data protection in AWS Data Exchange - AWS Data Exchange User Guide

Data protection in AWS Data Exchange

The AWS shared responsibility model applies to data protection in AWS Data Exchange. As described in this model, AWS is responsible for protecting the global infrastructure that runs all of the AWS Cloud. You are responsible for maintaining control over your content that is hosted on this infrastructure. This content includes the security configuration and management tasks for the AWS services that you use. For more information about data privacy, see the Data Privacy FAQ. For information about data protection in Europe, see the AWS Shared Responsibility Model and GDPR blog post on the AWS Security Blog.

For data protection purposes, we recommend that you protect AWS account credentials and set up individual user accounts with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). That way each user is given only the permissions necessary to fulfill their job duties. We also recommend that you secure your data in the following ways:

  • Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) with each account.

  • Use SSL/TLS to communicate with AWS resources. We recommend TLS 1.2 or later.

  • Set up API and user activity logging with AWS CloudTrail.

  • Use AWS encryption solutions, along with all default security controls within AWS services.

  • Use advanced managed security services such as Amazon Macie, which assists in discovering and securing personal data that is stored in Amazon S3.

  • If you require FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic modules when accessing AWS through a command line interface or an API, use a FIPS endpoint. For more information about the available FIPS endpoints, see Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2.

We strongly recommend that you never put sensitive identifying information, such as your customers' account numbers, into free-form fields such as a Name field. This includes when you work with AWS Data Exchange or other AWS services using the console, API, AWS CLI, or AWS SDKs. Any data that you enter into AWS Data Exchange or other services might get picked up for inclusion in diagnostic logs. When you provide a URL to an external server, don't include credentials information in the URL to validate your request to that server.

AWS Data Exchange provides the following options that you can use to help secure the content that exists in your data sets:

Encryption at rest

AWS Data Exchange always encrypts all data products stored in the service at rest without requiring any additional configuration. This encryption is automatic when you use AWS Data Exchange.

Encryption in transit

AWS Data Exchange uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) and client-side encryption for encryption in transit. Communication with AWS Data Exchange is always done over HTTPS so your data is always encrypted in transit. This encryption is configured by default when you use AWS Data Exchange.

Restrict access to content

As a best practice, you should restrict access to the appropriate subset of users. With AWS Data Exchange, you can do this by ensuring that IAM users, groups, and roles who use your AWS account have the right permissions. For more information about roles and policies for IAM entities, see IAM User Guide.