Amazon Security Lake is now generally available
Today we are thrilled to announce the general availability of Amazon Security Lake, first announced in a preview release at 2022 re:Invent. Security Lake centralizes security data from Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments, software as a service (SaaS) providers, on-premises, and cloud sources into a purpose-built data lake that is stored in your AWS account. With Open Cybersecurity Schema Framework (OCSF) support, the service normalizes and combines security data from AWS and a broad range of security data sources. This helps provide your team of analysts and security engineers with broad visibility to investigate and respond to security events, which can facilitate timely responses and helps to improve your security across multicloud and hybrid environments.
Figure 1 shows how Security Lake works, step by step. In this post, we discuss these steps, highlight some of the most popular use cases for Security Lake, and share the latest enhancements and updates that we have made since the preview launch.
Target use cases
In this section, we showcase some of the use cases that customers have found to be most valuable while the service was in preview.
Facilitate your security investigations with elevated visibility
Amazon Security Lake helps to streamline security investigations by aggregating, normalizing, and optimizing data storage in a single security data lake. Security Lake automatically normalizes AWS logs and security findings to the OCSF schema. This includes AWS CloudTrail management events, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) Flow Logs, Amazon Route 53 Resolver query logs, and AWS Security Hub security findings from Amazon security services, including Amazon GuardDuty, Amazon Inspector, and AWS IAM Access Analyzer, as well as security findings from over 50 partner solutions. By having security-related logs and findings in a centralized location, and in the same format, Security Operations teams can streamline their process and devote more time to investigating security issues. This centralization reduces the need to spend valuable time collecting and normalizing logs into a specific format.
Figure 2 shows the Security Lake activation page, which presents users with options to enable log sources, AWS Regions, and accounts.
Figure 3 shows another section of the Security Lake activation page, which presents users with options to set rollup Regions and storage classes.
Simplify your compliance monitoring and reporting
With Security Lake, customers can centralize security data into one or more rollup Regions, which can help teams to simplify their regional compliance and reporting obligations. Teams often face challenges when monitoring for compliance across multiple log sources, Regions, and accounts. By using Security Lake to collect and centralize this evidence, security teams can significantly reduce the time spent on log discovery and allocate more time towards compliance monitoring and reporting.
Analyze multiple years of security data quickly
Security Lake offers integration with third-party security services such as security information and event management (SIEM) and extended detection and response (XDR) tools, as well as popular data analytics services like Amazon Athena and Amazon OpenSearch Service to quickly analyze petabytes of data. This enables security teams to gain deep insights into their security data and take nimble measures to help protect their organization. Security Lake helps enforce least-privilege controls for teams across organizations by centralizing data and implementing robust access controls, automatically applying policies that are scoped to the required subscribers and sources. Data custodians can use the built-in features to create and enforce granular access controls, such as to restrict access to the data in the security lake to only those who require it.
Figure 4 depicts the process of creating a data access subscriber within Security Lake.
Unify security data management across hybrid environments
The centralized data repository in Security Lake provides a comprehensive view of security data across hybrid and multicloud environments, helping security teams to better understand and respond to threats. You can use Security Lake to store security-related logs and data from various sources, including cloud-based and on-premises systems, making it simpler to collect and analyze security data. Additionally, by using automation and machine learning solutions, security teams can help identify anomalies and potential security risks more efficiently. This can ultimately lead to better risk management and enhance the overall security posture for the organization. Figure 5 illustrates the process of querying AWS CloudTrail and Microsoft Azure audit logs simultaneously by using Amazon Athena.
Updates since preview launch
Security Lake automatically normalizes logs and events from natively supported AWS services to the OCSF schema. With the general availability release, Security Lake now supports the latest version of OCSF, which is version 1 rc2. CloudTrail management events are now normalized into three distinct OCSF event classes: Authentication, Account Change, and API Activity.
We made various improvements to resource names and schema mapping to enhance the usability of logs. Onboarding is made simpler with automated AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role creation from the console. Additionally, you have the flexibility to collect CloudTrail sources independently including management events, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) data events, and AWS Lambda events.
To enhance query performance, we made a transition from hourly to daily time partitioning in Amazon S3, resulting in faster and more efficient data retrieval. Also, we added Amazon CloudWatch metrics to enable proactive monitoring of your log ingestion process to facilitate the identification of collection gaps or surges.
New Security Lake account holders are eligible for a 15-day free trial in supported Regions. Security Lake is now generally available in the following AWS Regions: US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland), Europe (London), and South America (São Paolo).
We have expanded our support for third-party integrations and have added 23 new partners. This includes 10 source partners — Aqua Security, Claroty, Confluent, Darktrace, ExtraHop, Gigamon, Sentra, Torq, Trellix, and Uptycs — enabling them to send data directly to Security Lake. Additionally, we have integrated with nine new subscribing partners — ChaosSearch, New Relic, Ripjar, SOC Prime, Stellar Cyber, Swimlane, Tines, Torq, and Wazuh. We have also established six new services partners, including Booz Allen Hamilton, CMD Solutions, part of Mantel Group, Infosys, Insbuilt, Leidos, and Tata Consultancy Services.
In addition, Security Lake supports third-party sources that provide OCSF security data. Notable partners include Barracuda, Cisco, Cribl, CrowdStrike, CyberArk, Lacework, Laminar, NETSCOUT, Netskope, Okta, Orca, Palo Alto Networks, Ping Identity, Tanium, The Falco Project, Trend Micro, Vectra AI, VMware, Wiz, and Zscaler. We have integrated with various third-party security, automation, and analytics tools. This includes Datadog, IBM, Rapid7, SentinelOne, Splunk, Sumo Logic, and Trellix. Lastly, we have partnered with service partners such as Accenture, Deloitte, DXC Technology, Eviden , Kyndryl, PwC, and Wipro, that can work with you and Security Lake to deliver comprehensive solutions.
Get help from AWS Professional Services
The AWS Professional Services organization is a global team of experts that can help customers realize their desired business outcomes when using AWS. Our teams of data architects and security engineers engage with customer Security, IT, and business leaders to develop enterprise solutions. We follow current recommendations to support customers in their journey to integrate data into Security Lake. We integrate ready-built data transformations, visualizations, and AI/machine learning (ML) workflows that help Security Operations teams rapidly realize value. If you are interested in learning more, reach out to your AWS Professional Services account representative.
We invite you to explore the benefits of using Amazon Security Lake by taking advantage of our 15-day free trial and providing your feedback on your experiences, use cases, and solutions. We have several resources to help you get started and build your first data lake, including comprehensive documentation, demo videos, and webinars. By giving Security Lake a try, you can experience firsthand how it helps you centralize, normalize, and optimize your security data, and ultimately streamline your organization’s security incident detection and response across multicloud and hybrid environments.
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