OPS01-BP05 Evaluate threat landscape - Operational Excellence Pillar

OPS01-BP05 Evaluate threat landscape

Evaluate threats to the business (for example, competition, business risk and liabilities, operational risks, and information security threats) and maintain current information in a risk registry. Include the impact of risks when determining where to focus efforts.

The Well-Architected Framework emphasizes learning, measuring, and improving. It provides a consistent approach for you to evaluate architectures, and implement designs that will scale over time. AWS provides the AWS Well-Architected Tool to help you review your approach prior to development, the state of your workloads prior to production, and the state of your workloads in production. You can compare them to the latest AWS architectural best practices, monitor the overall status of your workloads, and gain insight to potential risks.

AWS customers are eligible for a guided Well-Architected Review of their mission-critical workloads to measure their architectures against AWS best practices. Enterprise Support customers are eligible for an Operations Review, designed to help them to identify gaps in their approach to operating in the cloud.

The cross-team engagement of these reviews helps to establish common understanding of your workloads and how team roles contribute to success. The needs identified through the review can help shape your priorities.

AWS Trusted Advisor is a tool that provides access to a core set of checks that recommend optimizations that may help shape your priorities. Business and Enterprise Support customers receive access to additional checks focusing on security, reliability, performance, and cost-optimization that can further help shape their priorities.

Common anti-patterns:

  • You are using an old version of a software library in your product. You are unaware of security updates to the library for issues that may have unintended impact on your workload.

  • Your competitor just released a version of their product that addresses many of your customers' complaints about your product. You have not prioritized addressing any of these known issues.

  • Regulators have been pursuing companies like yours that are not compliant with legal regulatory compliance requirements. You have not prioritized addressing any of your outstanding compliance requirements.

Benefits of establishing this best practice: Identifying and understanding the threats to your organization and workload helps your determination of which threats to address, their priority, and the resources necessary to do so.

Level of risk exposed if this best practice is not established: Medium

Implementation guidance

  • Evaluate threat landscape: Evaluate threats to the business (for example, competition, business risk and liabilities, operational risks, and information security threats), so that you can include their impact when determining where to focus efforts.

    • AWS Latest Security Bulletins

    • AWS Trusted Advisor

    • Maintain a threat model: Establish and maintain a threat model identifying potential threats, planned and in place mitigations, and their priority. Review the probability of threats manifesting as incidents, the cost to recover from those incidents and the expected harm caused, and the cost to prevent those incidents. Revise priorities as the contents of the threat model change.


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