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  • How to Build a Security Posture Strategy for the Control Plane and Assets in the AWS Cloud by Dave Shackleford - April 28, 2021 

    Security operations teams need to adjust their strategies as the surface area of the cloud grows. This means stronger configuration practices, including identity policies and authentication, storage configuration, workload configuration, and tuning. Based on the shared responsibility model, these are all control requirements for which cloud tenants are responsible. Improving cloud security posture requires increased visibility and centralized control over cloud configuration and workload management. This whitepaper is designed to help you build an effective and timely strategy for securing your control plane.

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