Security in Elastic Load Balancing - Elastic Load Balancing
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Security in Elastic Load Balancing

Cloud security at Amazon is the highest priority. As an Amazon customer, you benefit from a data center and network architecture that are built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations.

Security is a shared responsibility between Amazon and you. The shared responsibility model describes this as security of the cloud and security in the cloud:

  • Security of the cloud – Amazon is responsible for protecting the infrastructure that runs Amazon services in the Amazon Cloud. Amazon also provides you with services that you can use securely. Third-party auditors regularly test and verify the effectiveness of our security as part of the Amazon compliance programs. To learn about the compliance programs that apply to Elastic Load Balancing, see Amazon services in scope by compliance program.

  • Security in the cloud – Your responsibility is determined by the Amazon service that you use. You are also responsible for other factors including the sensitivity of your data, your company's requirements, and applicable laws and regulations.

This documentation helps you understand how to apply the shared responsibility model when using Elastic Load Balancing. It shows you how to configure Elastic Load Balancing to meet your security and compliance objectives. You also learn how to use other Amazon services that help you to monitor and secure your Elastic Load Balancing resources.

With a Gateway Load Balancer, you are responsible for choosing and qualifying software from appliance vendors. You must trust the appliance software to inspect or modify traffic from the load balancer, which operates at the layer 3 of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, the network layer. The appliance vendors listed as Elastic Load Balancing Partners have integrated and qualified their appliance software with Amazon. You can place a higher degree of trust in the appliance software from vendors in this list. However, Amazon does not guarantee the security or reliability of software from these vendors.