Data Protection in AWS Well-Architected Tool - AWS Well-Architected Tool

Data Protection in AWS Well-Architected Tool

AWS Well-Architected Tool conforms to the AWS shared responsibility model, which includes regulations and guidelines for data protection. AWS is responsible for protecting the global infrastructure that runs all the AWS services. AWS maintains control over data hosted on this infrastructure, including the security configuration controls for handling customer content and personal data. AWS customers and APN Partners, acting either as data controllers or data processors, are responsible for any personal data that they put in the AWS Cloud.

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), so that 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.

  • 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.

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 WA Tool or other AWS services using the console, API, AWS CLI, or AWS SDKs. Any data that you enter into AWS WA Tool 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.

For more information about data protection, see the AWS Shared Responsibility Model and GDPR blog post on the AWS Security Blog.

Encryption at Rest

All data stored by AWS WA Tool is encrypted at rest.

Encryption in Transit

All data sent to and from AWS WA Tool is encrypted in transit.

How AWS Uses Your Data

The AWS Well-Architected team collects aggregated data from the AWS Well-Architected Tool to provide and improve the AWS WA Tool service for customers. Individual customer data may be shared with AWS account teams to support our customers’ efforts to improve their workloads and architecture. The AWS Well-Architected team can only access workload properties and selected choices for each question. AWS does not share any data from the AWS WA Tool outside of AWS.

Workload properties that the AWS Well-Architected team has access to include:

  • Workload name

  • Review owner

  • Environment

  • Regions

  • Account IDs

  • Industry type

The AWS Well-Architected team does not have access to:

  • Workload description

  • Architecture design

  • Any notes that you entered