the securityguidelines for users of Amazon hosting services AWS (reminder)

just a reminder as one of the basic elements of its infrastructure, xen virtualisation has come under attack (and will continue to be under attack) 

"We'll continue to be vigilant and will do our best to protect all AWS customers from similar issues in the future. As an AWS user, you may also want to take this opportunity to re-examine your AWS architecture to look for possible ways to make it even more fault-tolerant. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Run instances in two or more Availability Zones.
  • Pay attention to your Inbox and to the alerts on the AWS Management Console. Make sure that you fill in the "Alternate Contacts" in the AWS Billing Console.
  • Review the personalized assessment of your architecture in the Trusted Advisor, then open up AWS Premium Support Cases to get engineering assistance as you implement architectural best practices.
  • Use Chaos Monkey to induce various kinds of failures in a controlled environment.
  • Examine and consider expanding your use of Amazon Route 53 and Elastic Load Balancing checks to ensure that web traffic is routed to healthy instances.
  • Use Auto Scaling to keep a defined number of healthy instances up and running.




You should also consult our Overview of Security Practices whitepaper for more information around AWS and security.

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