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Amazon Brings Artificial Intelligence To Cloud Storage To Protect Customer Data

Amazon has become the first public cloud provider to blend Artificial Intelligence with cloud storage to help customers secure data. The new service dubbed Amazon Macie relies on Machine Learning to automatically discover, classify, and protect sensitive data stored in AWS. This service reports potential risks involved with the stored data, its permissions, and access patterns.

Amazon S3 is a popular cloud-based storage service trusted by millions of customers. From large enterprises to early-stage startups, businesses of all sizes store content, documents, and other digital assets in S3. Before uploading documents to Amazon S3, customers are expected to create Buckets, the logical containers that hold the documents and data. Each Bucket can have a different level of permissions to enable or disable access to the documents. Data stored in Buckets with public access can be pretty much read by anyone on the Internet.

Though there are multiple techniques and best practices to secure S3 Buckets and files, many users don’t take that seriously. In May 2017, Gizmodo reported that over 60,000 sensitive files belonging to the US government were found on Amazon S3 with public access. Out of this, about 28GB of data contained unencrypted passwords owned by government contractors with Top Secret Facility Clearance. Earlier this year, the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) engaged Booz Allen to collect and analyze geospatial data captured by spy satellites and aerial drones. Chris Vickery, a cyber risk security analyst from UpGuard, discovered several passwords and keys belonging to Booz Allen employees working on the NGA project in publicly accessible Amazon S3 Buckets. This is just one of the examples where sensitive data is left open to the public.

Read the entire article at Forbes

Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.

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