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February 12, 2020

Top AWS Product Announcements- Week 3

Tom Monk

Hello everyone! Here’s an update on recent news from the AWS blog. Once again, we’ve picked what we see as the most important developments from AWS. This week, we look at security advancements in AWS PrivateLink, the AWS Security Hub adding 15 new resources, and Amazon VPC Flow Logs now supporting one-minute aggregation intervals.  

It’s a quick read, and you can always click on the link below for more information.

AWS PrivateLink can now be used to privately access Amazon RDS Data API for Aurora Serverless from an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) without using public IPs, and without requiring the traffic to go across the internet. Amazon RDS Data API customers can now use private IP connectivity and security groups to meet their specific compliance requirements.

Why it matters: This is important because it provides increased security by keeping RDS API calls off of the public internet, and the extra security also helps with compliance.

The AWS Security Hub is adding 15 new resources and will also increase its resource limit. It has added a “Related Requirements” field as well. The updates and additions are to the AWS Security Finding Format (ASFF) that enables integrated Security Hub partners to send deeper, more detailed findings. AWS Security Hub gives you a comprehensive view of your high-priority security alerts and compliance status across AWS accounts.

Why it matters: AWS Security Hub is a must for any workloads with a compliance requirement. Enhancements to this tool will lead to better security and compliance for global AWS customers.

Amazon VPC Flow Logs now support one-minute aggregation intervals. By capturing flow logs at shorter intervals, you gain faster visibility into your network traffic flows. With a one-minute configuration, your VPC flow logs arrive in an expedited manner and with more granular visibility into the sequence of events in a flow.

Why it matters: Flow logs are important when debugging connectivity issues within a VPC, and they were previously written at five-minute intervals. By speeding this up to one minute, you can respond to security incidents faster and troubleshoot connectivity issues more quickly.

If you have any questions about these product updates and how they can optimize your AWS environment, please contact us at You can also get our weekly AWS product updates delivered right to your inbox by subscribing here.

We’ll be back next week with another update! 

About Tom Monk

Tom is a Solution Architect specializing in migrating enterprise workloads to public cloud. Drawing on his years of experience in a variety of consulting roles as a Systems Integrator and on a strong technical background, Tom seeks to modernize and simplify traditional monolithic enterprise workloads and deliver value to Navisite's customers by helping them find the right cloud platform. Tom is an AWS certified Professional Solution Architect and the Well-Architected Lead at Navisite. He is based in London and holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Essex.

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