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A Startup’s Guide to AWS Services Series 1: Making Security the Cornerstone

As a founder building to MVP on AWS, knowing where to begin can feel overwhelming. What services do you need? How do you start building with best practices in mind? This series is your guide to getting started on AWS, from account setup and security best practices, to choosing an operational model and database selection. Come explore the AWS cloud environment with us.

Building a strong security foundation

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The security of our customers is the top priority for AWS, and especially true for startups in their initial stages of operation.  As an AWS customer, you get the most flexible and secure cloud computing environment available today and benefit from the AWS data centers and network that are architected to protect your information, identities, applications, and devices.  Security is a shared responsibility between AWS and the customer, and we want to help ensure you put the right security controls in place for your AWS accounts and workloads as you build and grow.

Building a Strong Security Foundation is the first installment in The Startup Guide to AWS Services free video series. In this seven video series, you’ll learn how AWS services can help you protect both your AWS accounts and your workloads, and stay secure while building quickly.  This first video discusses some example baseline controls ranging from access management and secrets management to data and traffic encryption, web application firewalls, and threat detection.

For the full set of controls, we encourage all startups to implement the AWS Startup Security Baseline (AWS SSB).  The controls in this guide can be implemented quickly and easily without requiring any additional security knowledge, allowing you to achieve a very strong initial security posture on AWS.

By following the guidance above, security becomes a cornerstone of your development and operation, creating a strong foundation from which you can evolve and scale as you grow your business.

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