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CloudFormation security 101: Four basic best practices for secure infrastructure as code


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The cloud enables organizations to deploy their applications and support them at scale. To further support that scale, infrastructure as code (IaC) frameworks allow organizations to provision and manage infrastructure in a repeatable and standardized way.

One such framework is CloudFormation, AWS’s proprietary IaC tool that manages AWS resource stacks through YAML or JSON templates. CloudFormation templates allow for modularity and reusability, which makes it easier to build AWS applications at scale but also adds another level of complexity. And with that additional complexity comes the question of cloud security guidelines. The best and most comprehensive security strategy requires approaching every aspect of a project with a security-first mindset.

This article will explore CloudFormation basic best practices you can use to build and maintain CloudFormation templates;

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