AWS re:Invent 2016 Recap
During this year’s AWS re:Invent, I had the chance to listen to the keynotes and mingle with the attendees on the expo floor. Wherever you were, it was hard to overlook the excitement regarding all the new innovations and rapid pace of growth in the cloud infrastructure market. Despite the numerous announcements made during the conference, I walked away with two overarching insights:
1. Leveraging enhanced services – It was hard to miss the new features now available to AWS users. Leveraging text-to-speech, facial recognition, and incorporating Alexa features are just few of the new capabilities available to develop new services, improve customer experience, and accelerate transactions. As cool as these features are, enterprises must place high importance on secure use. Imagine a misconfiguration in text-to-speech capability routing customers to the wrong location, or malicious insider turning off facial recognition in authentication software. Without a specific focus on secure use of these services, you may actually experience loss of customers, or at the very least, very unhappy ones.
2. Many security vendors – Many attendees commented that there were lots of security vendors at re:Invent this year. Some even mentioned that they thought AWS was very secure until they saw so many security vendors at the conference. Of course, not all security vendors are alike. Some focus on securing custom apps running on top of AWS, others on unifying security across physical offices and the cloud, and some focus on secure use of AWS itself. When thinking about security, my recommendation is to start from the bottom up. Just like building a house, putting state-of-the-art locks on the doors and windows will do little to help you when your foundation is crumbling. Focus on AWS first and work your way up. Ideally, the security solution for AWS can extend to apps running on top of it, as well as integrate with your other networking and security solutions.
This year’s AWS re:Invent didn’t disappoint. I look forward to continued innovations, rapid growth, and of course, next year’s conference.
If you didn’t get a chance to stop by the booth, take a look at the pictures and download the “Cautionary Tales” eBook from the show!