SEC08-BP05 Use mechanisms to keep people away from data - Security Pillar

SEC08-BP05 Use mechanisms to keep people away from data

Keep all users away from directly accessing sensitive data and systems under normal operational circumstances. For example, use a change management workflow to manage Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances using tools instead of allowing direct access or a bastion host. This can be achieved using AWS Systems Manager Automation, which uses automation documents that contain steps you use to perform tasks. These documents can be stored in source control, be peer reviewed before running, and tested thoroughly to minimize risk compared to shell access. Business users could have a dashboard instead of direct access to a data store to run queries. Where CI/CD pipelines are not used, determine which controls and processes are required to adequately provide a normally deactivated break-glass access mechanism.

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

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