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CIS offers pre-hardened resources for Amazon cloud

CIS offers pre-hardened resources for Amazon cloud

The Center for Internet Security announced the availability of Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) for a variety of operating systems, which will enable organizations to reduce time, cost and risk in their cloud deployments.

Offered via the AWS Marketplace, the launch instances are hardened according to secure configuration baselines prescribed by CIS’s expert consensus teams. The AMIs are accessible for use by any organization using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and available for six CIS benchmarks-hardened systems: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server, Red Hat Linux 6 and 7, Amazon Linux 2014.09, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Centos Linux 7.

The CIS AMIs, which can be obtained on demand on a computer-hour basis, are the only virtual machines available in the cloud that are preconfigured based on CIS’ internationally recognized secure configuration recommendations, according to the cybersecurity nonprofit.

Amazon EC2 Regions in the United States where the CIS AMIs are available include U.S. East (N. Virginia), U.S. West (N. California) and U.S. West (Oregon).

“The need for flexible, affordable and secure resources is urgent, and as more organizations move their business into the cloud, the CIS AMIs are a cost-effective way for entities in the public and private sectors to customize solutions that meet their needs,” said William F. Pelgrin, CEO of the Center for Internet Security.

CIS produces consensus-based secure configuration benchmarks and content and serves as a cybersecurity resource for state, local, territorial and tribal governments.

Posted by GCN Staff on Apr 01, 2015 at 8:21 AM


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