As cloud adoption increases, the importance of cloud security grows as well. Under the Cloud Shared Responsibility Model, cloud customers share the responsibility of securing their cloud-based resources with their cloud provider.
Due to the difficulty of deploying traditional security solutions in the cloud, many cloud service providers offer built-in solutions, such as AWS Security Groups, to help their customers meet their security responsibilities. Amazon Web Services (AWS) Network Firewall is provided by AWS to help improve AWS security.
AWS Network Firewall is a managed virtual firewall designed to protect Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) from network threats. AWS Network Firewall is built into the AWS platform, and is designed to scale to meet the needs of growing cloud infrastructure.
AWS Network Firewall provides several features and benefits, including:
AWS Network Firewall provides a solid baseline of security for AWS cloud users. The ability to roll out highly scalable and available network security can help to mitigate some of the risks of cloud computing.
However, AWS Network Firewall does not provide comprehensive cloud network security.
These include the following:
AWS Network Firewall offers a solid foundation for organizations looking to secure their AWS environments, but it does not provide all of the security features that companies need. Companies can fill these security gaps by augmenting AWS Network Firewall with security solutions that provide in-depth network and endpoint security and bridge the gaps between multi-cloud and on-prem environments.
AWS Network Firewall offers integrations with a variety of AWS Partner solutions. This includes the ability to take advantage of Check Point CloudGuard’s Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) capabilities. According to IBM research, two-thirds of cloud attacks are enabled by cloud misconfigurations that CloudGuard CSPM can help prevent.
For organizations looking to protect multi-cloud environments or need functionality and advanced threat prevention beyond what AWS Network Firewall offers, Check Point’s CloudGuard provides the ability to enhance and complement the native security features built into AWS environments. Like the AWS Network Firewall, CloudGuard is implemented as a cloud-native virtual appliance that enables organizations to take advantage of the full scalability and benefits of cloud-based environments with a solution tailored to AWS.
For organizations already using Check Point on-premises network security gateways, choosing CloudGuard for cloud network security should be a no-brainer, because it provides the same industry-leading threat prevention, is quickest to deploy due to reduced training and integrations, is easiest because it uses the same UI, processes and security policies as on-prem, has lowest risk compared to introducing new security solutions which may not work with their existing workloads, and enables lowest total cost of ownership because there is no need for new engineering staff to deploy and maintain the cloud security solution.
Check Point CloudGuard Network Security for AWS is available via the AWS Marketplace, enabling companies to implement defense in depth for their AWS-based infrastructure, and offers a range of vital cloud network security features including:
The first step in closing security gaps in your organization’s AWS deployment is to identify what holes exist. Check Point’s Cloud Security CheckMe provides a high-level assessment of the vulnerabilities within your AWS VPCs.
After identifying these security holes, learn how Check Point CloudGuard can be combined with AWS Network Firewall to close them. You’re also welcome to sign up for a free demo to see the full capabilities of CloudGuard for AWS in action.