There are 3 Methods For Launching Cloud Services on AWS:
1 – AWS Management Console (beginner)
2 – CLI (command line interface) useful for admins and developers
3 – SDK (real world) (e.g., Visual Studio Code)
Visual Studio Code is an IDE tool that developers use to write code to build cloud environments (Infrastructure as Code) and administrators can use for modifying the environment too.
Using the AWS API, developers gain access to AWS services to build applications and admins can make changes.
It isn’t realistic in larger environments to use the AWS Console because the environments are too large and complex. You will be interfacing directly with the API and Visual Studio Code is a good tool that I personally recommend.
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COMMON CYBERSECURITY RISK TERMS DEFINED
Threat: Any circumstance or event with the potential to adversely impact organizational operations (including mission, functions, image, or reputation), organizational assets, individuals, other organizations, or the Nation through an information system via unauthorized access, destruction, disclosure, or modification of information, and/or denial of service. (NIST 800–30)
Threat: potential cause of an unwanted incident, which can result in harm to a system or organization. (ISO 27001)
Vulnerability: Weakness in an information system, system security procedures, internal controls, or implementation that could be exploited by a threat source. (NIST 800–30)
Vulnerability: weakness of an asset or control that can be exploited by one or more threats. (ISO 27001)
Likelihood: A weighted factor based on a subjective analysis of the probability that a given threat is capable of exploiting a given vulnerability or a set of vulnerabilities. (NIST 800–30)
Likelihood: chance of something happening. (ISO 27001)
Risk: A measure of the extent to which an entity is threatened by a potential circumstance or event, and typically a function of (i) the adverse impacts that would arise if the circumstance or event occurs; and (ii) the likelihood of occurrence. (NIST 800–30)
Risk: effect of uncertainty on objectives. (ISO 27001)
Security Controls: The management, operational, and technical controls (i.e., safeguards or countermeasures) prescribed for an information system to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the system and its information. (NIST 800–30)
Compensating Security Control: A management, operational, and/or technical control (i.e., safeguard or countermeasure) employed by an organization in lieu of a recommended security control in the low, moderate, or high baselines that provides equivalent or comparable protection for an information system. (NIST 800–30)
Impact Level: The magnitude of harm that can be expected to result from the consequences of unauthorized disclosure of information, unauthorized modification of information, unauthorized destruction of information, or loss of information or information system availability. (NIST 800–30)
Residual Risk: Portion of risk remaining after security measures have been applied. (NIST 800–30)
Security Posture: The security status of an enterprise’s networks, information, and systems based on information assurance resources (e.g., people, hardware, software, policies) and capabilities in place to manage the defense of the enterprise and to react as the situation changes. (NIST 800–30)
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