Amazon Elastic Block Storage encryption explained

Amazon EBS encryption is now offered by AWS. Expert Dave Shackleford explains how it works, why companies might struggle with it and whether it brings the industry one step closer to default cloud data encryption.

In May 2014, Amazon Web Services announced the availability of a new encryption offering that allows users to easily...

decrypt any Elastic Block Storage (EBS) volume controlled within AWS.

Amazon EBS joins Amazon's other encryption options, including Server-Side Encryption for S3 and Glacier storage, encryption within Amazon RedShift and SQL Server, and Oracle database encryption within Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). Is the new offering yet another step in moving cloud storage toward default encryption?

It seems so with Amazon's move in this direction led by its CTO, Werner Vogels. In an interview with MIT Technology Review, Vogels states that security is Amazon's "… No. 1 priority … We really want the cloud to be the place where you want to keep your data if you want to have total control over who has access to it."

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This was first published in August 2014

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