The fruits of Amazon Web Services’ acquisition of harvest.ai arrived Monday with the announcement of Macie, a new service that uses machine learning to detect and report possible security problems with cloud workloads.
AWS announced Macie and several other new services at the AWS Summit in New York Monday morning, including the news that Hulu built its Live TV service on AWS. The new services were spread across a number of different fronts, but most are designed to make it easier for companies with existing workloads outside of the cloud to finally take the plunge with AWS.
Macie is a little different. A brand new service, Macie was the name of harvest.ai’s flagship product before it was quietly acquired by AWS in 2016. It allows customers of Amazon Web Services’ S3 storage product to track sensitive customer data or intellectual property across their cloud footprint and set up alerts to track behavior, such as if a large amount of that sensitive data is downloaded.
All potential cloud customers are concerned about security to some extent, and customers in some industries face very strict guidelines around how they manage user, customer, or corporate data. They need to generate reports on how data is stored, where data is stored, and who has access to that data at any given time, and that process is more challenging and laborious than it might appear considering the massive amounts of data under management by some of these companies.
Macie automates the process of identifying and labeling that data using machine-learning techniques to do what machine learning techniques do best: take the human as much out of the equation as possible. AWS said companies can also use Macie to generate dashboards and alerts customized around their needs, and automate security responses based on certain data events.
AWS made several other announcements Monday in New York:
- Amazon Glue is now available to all customers. First announced last year, Glue makes it easier for customers to perform extract, transform, and load operations on their data in preparation for running analytic programs.
- AWS Migration Hub does exactly what it suggests: it centralizes many of the steps involved in moving corporate data to AWS to provide new customers with a better sense of how their migration to the cloud is progressing.
- Updates for Amazon Elastic File System, AWS Config, and AWS CloudHSM were released. All three updates improve the security of these services, and pay-as-you-go pricing is now available for AWS CloudHSM.