Cloud governance is a set of rules and practices implemented by companies that run cloud services to enhance security and manage risk.
AWS partners use the AWS cloud governance framework to help clients create the best cloud governance strategy for their business.
The AWS cloud governance framework is based on four pillars: visibility, configuration, operations, and risk.
The visibility pillar ensures an accurate and detailed view of all activities in your cloud environment. It covers AWS accounts, stored data, cloud assets (applications, platforms, etc.), users, and the data they access.
Challenges usually derive from hybrid and multi-cloud environments, where unmanaged IT can easily spread. In practice, this happens when users or departments utilize hardware, software, and/or services without the knowledge of the company’s IT department.
Various AWS services can help with visibility issues:
The configuration pillar is most often thought of in its negative version - misconfiguration, which represents an error that violates a company’s policy or allows behaviors that impact security. This happens, for example, when an unauthorized user gains access to sensitive data or system settings. Misconfigurations are especially problematic in regulated industries, like finance and healthcare, and in the case of GDPR compliance.
The following AWS services can help:
Operations refer to the fact that, as companies scale up their investment in the cloud, the processes used to manage the various activities are no longer suited for the task.
To better manage operations in the cloud, AWS offers these services:
Finally, risk encompasses all the different types of risks (financial, regulatory, data security, …) that can damage an organization. Therefore, every organization needs to establish processes to find and address security risks.
AWS services can help:
With cloud governance, a cloud can be broken down into accounts that represent projects or departments: this improves visibility and cost control and, at the same time, reduces the impact of security problems. Another critical aspect of cloud governance is centralization: it allows companies to define and apply policies centrally and centralizes cost and access control. Finally, cloud governance improves security by establishing a plan that protects the integrity and privacy of information.
By choosing the AWS cloud governance framework, you can significantly improve the success and security of your cloud system.
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