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Security

Security and Compliance is a shared responsibility between AWS and the customer. This shared model can help relieve the customer’s operational burden as AWS operates, manages and controls the components from the host operating system and virtualization layer down to the physical security of the facilities in which the service operates. The customer assumes responsibility and management of the guest operating system (including updates and security patches), other associated application software as well as the configuration of the AWS provided security group firewall. Customers should carefully consider the services they choose as their responsibilities vary depending on the services used, the integration of those services into their IT environment, and applicable laws and regulations. The nature of this shared responsibility also provides the flexibility and customer control that permits the deployment. As shown in the following chart, this differentiation of responsibility is commonly referred to as Security “of” the Cloud versus Security “in” the Cloud. For more information, see Shared Responsibility Model.


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        Security “of” the Cloud versus Security “in” the Cloud.

Security “of” the Cloud versus Security “in” the Cloud

AWS offers a wide array of tools and configurations that enable your organization to protect your data and IP in ways that are difficult to achieve with traditional on-premises environments. The following sections outline a few of the ways you can protect users, data, and network connections.