AWS Cloud Computing News Round-up: July 2020

Welcome to our AWS Cloud Computing news round-up for the month of July. Every month we’ll cover the biggest stories in AWS Cloud, IT, and cloud computing in general.

Below is a list of all the topics we will cover in this blog post. Click on any of these links and you’ll be taken to the corresponding section:

AWS Cloud Computing Updates

Amazon Fraud Detector Now Available

After being available in preview mode since December last year, Amazon Fraud Detector is now generally Available. Amazon Fraud Detector is a fully managed service that identifies online payment fraud and other fraudulent activities.
The service uses organisational data, machine learning and Amazon’s fraud detection expertise to identify potential fraudulent activity. This enables organisations to catch more fraud, faster.
This technology is highly accessible. You can create a fraud detection model with just a few clicks and no prior ML experience is required.

Amazon GuardDuty Expanded to Include S3

GuardDuty threat detection coverage has been expanded beyond workloads and AWS accounts to also include data stored in S3. It can now continuously monitor and profile S3 data access events and S3 configurations to detect suspicious activities.

These activities include requests coming from an unusual geo-location, disabling of preventative controls such as S3 block public access, or API call patterns consistent with an attempt to discover misconfigured bucket permissions.

GuardDuty uses a combination of anomaly detection, machine learning, and continuously updated threat intelligence to detect potentially malicious behaviour.

Amazon Translate Now Supporting Office Documents

Earlier this year, Amazon Translate introduced batch translation for plain text and HTML documents. Since then, the service has been expanded to include Office document types such as docx, .xlsx and .pptx.

Amazon Translate makes it easy for AWS customers to quickly and accurately translate text in 55 different languages and variants. This eliminates the need for multiple translation programs.

Amazon Interactive Video Service: Add Live Video to Apps and Websites

Amazon Interactive Video Service is the easy way to add live video directly into your own apps and websites. This includes integrating interactive, low latency and live video into an application.
The service enables you to create a channel using either the Amazon Interactive Video Service (IVS) Console or the API. You can then use any standard streaming software to stream video to this channel.

Amazon Interactive Video services does everything required to make the live video available to any viewer around the world.

AWS Cloud Computing and IT News

New AWS Builder’s Program Announced

This month AWS announced the new AWS Community Builders Program. The program offers technical resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities to AWS enthusiasts and emerging thought leaders. It was created with individuals passionate about sharing knowledge, and connecting with the technical community, in mind.

Members of the program receive:

  • Access to AWS product teams as well as information about new services and features
  • Mentorship from AWS subject matter experts
  • AWS Promotional Credits and other resources to support content creation and community-based work

The application process is open to AWS builders worldwide. The program seeks applicants from all regions, demographics, and underrepresented communities.

Applications for the AWS Builder’s program are open now.

AWS Exceeds $10bn in Revenue

AWS recorded $10.8bn in revenues for Q220, an increase of just under 29% from this time last year and a rise of 5.8% from the previous quarter. Total revenues for Amazon and Alphabet were at $88.9bn and $38.3bn respectively, marking a small yearly dip.

The results show a continued solid performance for the cloud provider. However, AWS’ dip in growth echoes that of Microsoft, with Azure growth slipping from 59% to 47% earlier this month.

ACSC Releases Guidance Around Cloud Technologies

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has released new guidance to help agencies assess the risk posed by cloud services. This follows government organisations moving from a centrally-controlled security model to one of self-assessment.

These new guidelines provide the framework for agencies to check the suitability of cloud service providers and their services. The guidelines were developed by the ACSC in consultation with government agencies and a cross-section of industry experts.

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