Amazon Announces Two New Cybersecurity Initiatives Aimed To Protect Organizations and Individuals
AWS will offer free Multi-Factor Authentication devices to customers, providing a more secure way to protect sensitive information
“A fundamental problem when addressing current cybersecurity threats is education, which is why we’re excited to share our
AmazonSecurity Awareness: Social engineering is a large vector for cybersecurity attacks. In some cases, phishing emails try to get employees to click on a link and reveal their login credentials. In other cases, phone call scams try to get people to disclose personal information. People and organizations need security training to identify and keep themselves safe from these attacks, but often, they lack the time to take hours-long training courses, even when they are available and provide the right information. Amazonhas designed a digestible and succinct curriculum, used with its employees, to anticipate and educate about possible security threats. Starting in October, Amazonwill offer this Security Awareness training free of charge to both organizations and individuals. Businesses and organizations can also build their own solutions on top of the Amazontraining to suit their needs. The AmazonSecurity Awareness training courses include videos and online assessments. The materials leverage proven neuroscience and adult learning principles to enhance content retention and are regularly updated as digital attack techniques evolve.
- Multi-Factor Authentication: For highly sensitive information (e.g. personal documents, proprietary customer information, companies’ technology infrastructure assets) stronger tools are needed to protect data. Starting in October, qualified AWS account holders can receive a MFA device at no additional cost, providing customers with a stronger security posture. AWS users with access to the AWS Management Console can authenticate themselves by typing in their passwords and then simply touching the MFA security token plugged into their computer’s USB port. The free MFA token adds a layer of security to protect customers’ AWS accounts against phishing, session hijacking, man-in-the-middle, and malware attacks. Customers can also use their MFA devices to safely access multiple AWS accounts, as well as other token-enabled applications, such as GitHub, Gmail, and Dropbox.