The recent AWS re:Invent 2022 event in Las Vegas saw the cloud giant unveil a number of new releases for its technology portfolio, but this year one of the biggest releases was in data protection.

Amazon Security Lake is a new security-focused data lake service that aims to help users get the most out of their security information by centralizing all of an organization's on-premises and cloud security data in a single location and facilitate security. computers to automatically collect, combine, and analyze them at petabyte scale.

Speaking with TechRadar Pro at the event, CJ Moses, CISO and VP of Security Engineering at AWS, perhaps unsurprisingly, was interested in underscoring the importance of the release, calling Security Lake "the cornerstone" of announcements with company security issues at the event. .

Amazon Security Lake

"It's the big game changer," he says. “There is nothing like this in the industry, which is why we had to build it… there are other data lakes, there are other security data lakes, but they are beholden to the analytics platform that provides them, and that is not how we cheat."

Based on Amazon S3, the company says new scans can be created, "with just a few clicks," allowing security teams to precisely scan for potential security threats.

“We wanted to be an open platform with an open framework that was open source so anyone could use it, regardless of vendors or not,” Moses says.

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With pervasive security threats for many businesses, the responsibility of protecting such a large (and large) customer base is an incredible burden.

Moses is not deterred by the task, however, noting that AWS and its employees are used to working at scale, with a corporate culture of fixing things:

"I don't see it as a burden... if you're used to functioning a certain way and doing certain things, you get used to it."

He notes that the threat landscape is becoming more turbulent, with the global geopolitical situation and macroeconomic concerns making criminals increasingly desperate.

"When people can't put food on the table, they do terrible things," he notes, pointing to an increase in threats on the internet in general.

“Anything that happens from a threat perspective, there is always a human being behind the keyboard, and those humans have motivations – you have to look at those motivations and determine their threat level, and then the level of risk we take from these actors” .

“We prevent bad things from happening to good people, not just in our cloud, but across the entire environment.”

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