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Announcing Our New CIS AWS Compliance Jumpstarts

Marianna Noll

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Last updated on February 1st, 2023 at 3:13pm

The CIS (Center for Internet Security) Security Benchmarks program provides well-defined, unbiased, consensus-based industry best practices to help organizations assess and improve their security. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a CIS Security Benchmarks Member company.

Our initial release of our Compliance Jumpstarts for AWS was done in 2019 to expedite customer efforts in meeting various industry security and compliance standards. This release of the Compliance Jumpstarts includes both the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-171 Rev. 1 (also known as as AWS NIST 800 171) as well as the Center for Internet Security (CIS) AWS Foundations Benchmark v1.2.0. This compliance standard defines how non-federal systems and organizations should safeguard and distribute non-classified sensitive material. The CIS AWS benchmark provides best practices to secure cloud accounts.

What is CIS AWS Foundations?

The CIS AWS Foundations Benchmark is a compliance standard for securing Amazon Web Services resources. The benchmark offers prescriptive instructions for configuring AWS services in accordance with industry best practices.

Enjoy New Capabilities with Kion

With our Compliance Jumpstarts, our customers receive two key capabilities. These are:

#1 Comprehensive Mapping

It offers a comprehensive mapping of the compliance security controls against AWS, and capabilities. The Jumpstarts also give customers guidance on capabilities that can be achieved via Cloud Rules.

#2 Resource Library

There is a resource library of pre-defined Cloud Rules that contain AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies and AWS CloudFormation templates to help meet NIST 800-171 and CIS Benchmark standards. These Cloud Rules can be bulk uploaded via API to the customer's instance.

A Quick Word From Brian Price

"The initial release of's Compliance Jumpstarts represents our commitment to simplify security and compliance in the cloud for our customers. We have seen organizations struggle with understanding, implementing, and documenting the necessary controls within AWS to better secure their cloud account configuration. Our Compliance Jumpstarts now come out-of-the-box and can be quickly applied across all the cloud accounts in the enterprise," said Brian Price, CEO. "Along with our constantly evolving library of Cloud Rules to proactively enforce compliance and security standards, our Compliance Jumpstarts help everyone hit the ground running to better implement and align best practices to their governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) controls."

The Compliance Jumpstart for CIS AWS Benchmark v1.2.0 is available now to all customers. If you’d like to learn more about AWS NIST 800 171, CIS AWS compliance, and what we can do to support you, we want to speak with you! To get a deeper look at our Jumpstarts, contact us to schedule a demo and discussion.

About the Author

Marianna Noll

Marianna is the Senior Director of Marketing at Kion.

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