How do you explain the unreasonable effectiveness of cloud security?
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 9:01AM
Todd Hoff in AWS, cloud, security

With the enormous attack surface of cloud providers like AWS, Azure, and GCP, why aren't there more security problems? Data breaches and cyber attacks occur daily. How do you explain the unreasonable effectiveness of cloud security?

Google has an ebook on their security approach; Microsoft has some web pages. Both are the equivalent of that person who is disgustingly healthy and you ask them how they do it and they say "I don't know. I just eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep." Not all that useful. Most of us want a hack, a trick to good health. Who wants to eat right? 

I'm sure Amazon also eats right, exercises, and gets plenty of sleep (probably not the people who work there), but AWS also has a secret that when that disgustingly healthy person starts talking about at a party, you just can't help leaning in and listening. 

What's the trick to 6-pack security? Proving systems correct. Does your datacenter do that? I didn't think so. AWS does. 

Dr. Byron Cook gave an enthusiastic talk on Formal Reasoning about the Security of Amazon Web Service. He's clearly excited about finally applying his research in a real-world setting. This is the trojan horse the FloC (Federated Logic Conference) community has been waiting for. It's almost as if he's a FLoC guy working at AWS rather than an AWS guy giving a FLoC talk.

The main take-aways for me were:

Here's a gloss of some of the main points of this enlightening talk:

Introduction

Security Of the Cloud

Security In the Cloud

Need more of a workout?

 

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