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Storage Security

Are you at risk from Amazon's S3 bucket problem?

Amazon Web Services is the undisputed king of Public Cloud. But, given recent headlines, it seems the company has a problem with the security of its storage offering.

AWS’s Simple Storage Service (S3) is the company’s object storage offering; put data in it, store it there, retrieve it when you need it. According to SimilarTech, nearly 400,000 websites use S3 storage services globally.

But a spate of headlines has seen major companies and government agencies misconfiguring their Amazon S3 repositories and exposing their sensitive data the world, leaving it open for anyone to access.

 

S3 has a problem

Though access policies for S3 buckets can be changed to suit your needs, selecting the wrong access controls, permissions, or authentication settings can inadvertently expose your data.

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