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AWS Announces Preview Release of Amazon Security Lake

At re:Invent, AWS announced the preview release of Amazon Security Lake. This managed service automatically centralizes an organization’s security data from the cloud and on-premises sources into a purpose-built data lake stored in their account.

Amazon Security Lake automates storage tiering, manages data lifespan with customizable retention, and normalizes from integrated AWS services and third-party services. The service can aggregate data from AWS’s services, such as CloudTrail or Lambda, and security tools like AWS Security Hub, GuardDuty, or the AWS Firewall Manager. In addition, it supports the new Open Cybersecurity Schema Framework (OCSF), which provides an open specification for security telemetry data and thus allows the ability to ingest data from third-party solutions like Cisco, CrowdStrike, Okta, Orca, and Palo Alto networks.

Ty Murphy, a director at Orca Security, stated in a recent Orca Security blog post:

Security Lake is one of the many solutions that now supports the Open Cybersecurity Schema Framework (OCSF), an open industry standard, making it easier to normalize and combine security data from AWS and dozens of enterprise security data sources.


Furthermore, Security Lake automatically partitions and converts incoming data to the OCSF and query-efficient Apache parquet format, making the data broadly and immediately usable for security analytics without the need for post-processing. It also supports integrations with analytics partners such as IBM, Splunk, and Sumo Logic to address security use cases such as threat detection, investigation, and incident response.

An early adopter of Security Lake and a leading community member implementing OCSF standards, Splunk released a public preview of Splunk Add-On for Amazon Security Lake to their Splunkbase content marketplace. Paul Agbabian, chief architect at Splunk, wrote in a recent Splunk blog post:

By storing data in OCSF-compliant format, Amazon Security Lake simplifies the work it takes to ingest and analyze security data within Splunk by being a single feed to manage versus multiple services coming from AWS or other Amazon Security Lake security partners.

Holger Mueller, principal analyst and vice president at Constellation Research Inc., who attended re:Invent, told InfoQ:

Data Lakes are the winners in storing and processing information in the 2020ies. They are affordable and allow insights without having to design for them when storing data. As such, they are the perfect platform for security offerings. Data lakes can ingest and store all information and then accommodate the queries needed to get the relevant insights to trigger the right security action.

In addition, Channy Yun, a principal developer advocate for AWS, explained the benefit of Security Lake in an AWS news blog post:

By reducing the operational overhead of security data management, you can make it easier to gather more security signals from across your organization and analyze that data to improve the protection of your data, applications, and workloads.

Lastly, Amazon Security is currently available in the US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Europe (Frankfurt), and Europe (Ireland) regions. The pricing details of the service can be found on the pricing page

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