Amazon Web Services is excited to announce that we’ve updated the AWS ebook, Protecting your AWS environment from ransomware. The new ebook includes the top 10 best practices for ransomware protection and covers new services and features that have been released since the original published date in April 2020.
We know that customers care about ransomware. Security teams across the board are ramping up their protective, detective, and reactive measures. AWS serves all customers, including those most sensitive to disruption like teams responsible for critical infrastructure, healthcare organizations, manufacturing, educational institutions, and state and local governments. We want to empower our customers to protect themselves against ransomware by using a range of security capabilities. These capabilities provide unparalleled visibility into your AWS environment, as well as the ability to update and patch efficiently, to seamlessly and cost-effectively back up your data, and to templatize your environment, enabling a rapid return to a known good state. Keep in mind that there is no single solution or quick fix to mitigate ransomware. In fact, the mitigations and controls outlined in this document are general security best practices. We hope you find this information helpful and take action.
For example, to help protect against a security event that impacts stored backups in the source account, AWS Backup supports cross-account backups and the ability to centrally define backup policies for accounts in AWS Organizations by using the management account. Also, AWS Backup Vault Lock enforces write-once, read-many (WORM) backups to help protect backups (recovery points) in your backup vaults from inadvertent or malicious actions. You can copy backups to a known logically isolated destination account in the organization, and you can restore from the destination account or, alternatively, to a third account. This gives you an additional layer of protection if the source account experiences disruption from accidental or malicious deletion, disasters, or ransomware.
Learn more about solutions like these by checking out our Protecting against ransomware webpage, which discusses security resources that can help you secure your AWS environments from ransomware.
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