Amazon announce two new cybersecurity initiatives

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Amazon have announced two new cybersecurity initiatives that will help protect organizations and individuals from increasing cybersecurity threats.

Starting in October, Amazon will make available to the public the cybersecurity training materials it has developed to keep its employees and sensitive information safe from cyberattack. In addition, Amazon announced that it will offer qualified AWS customers a free multi-factor authentication (MFA) device designed to further secure their environments and protect their most sensitive assets from cyberattacks.

“A fundamental problem when addressing current cybersecurity threats is education, which is why we’re excited to share our Amazon Security Awareness training for free to help organizations and individuals understand how to navigate and fight against security events,”

“And by giving qualified AWS customers access to free MFA tokens, we’ve made it even easier for companies to use this powerful tool to protect their data and important technology assets.”
– Steve Schmidt, Chief Information Security Officer of AWS

The new cybersecurity initiatives

Amazon Security 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. Amazon has designed a digestible and succinct curriculum, used with its employees, to anticipate and educate about possible security threats.

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.

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