March 9, 2023
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How to scan sensitive data in AWS S3 bucket?

Learn how to protect your AWS S3 buckets

Why scan sensitive data in AWS S3 buckets?

Scanning sensitive data in an AWS S3 bucket is essential for several reasons:

  1. Security: Sensitive data, such as personally identifiable information (PII) or financial data, must be protected from unauthorized access. Scanning the data can help identify any potential security vulnerabilities, such as files with overly permissive access controls or files that are publicly accessible.
  2. Compliance: Depending on the type of data stored in the S3 bucket, specific regulatory requirements may mandate regular scans for vulnerabilities or potential breaches. For example, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires that organizations protect personal data and report any breaches within 72 hours.
  3. Risk Management: By scanning sensitive data, an organization can identify potential risks and take steps to mitigate them before they become serious problems. This can help avoid data breaches or other security incidents resulting in financial loss or reputational damage.
  4. Best practices: Scanning sensitive data in an S3 bucket is considered a best practice for security and compliance. It is an essential step in ensuring that sensitive data is properly protected and that an organization is taking appropriate measures to safeguard it.

Overall, scanning sensitive data in an S3 bucket is an important step in maintaining the security and integrity of an organization's data. By identifying potential risks and vulnerabilities, an organization can take proactive steps to mitigate them and ensure that sensitive data remains protected.

How to scan sensitive data in AWS S3 bucket?

Strac has built-in algorithms that detect financial, health, and sensitive data elements. Check out our blog post on the categories of data elements we support:

To scan sensitive data in your AWS S3 bucket, check out this video on how Strac can help you.

Founder, Strac. ex-Amazon Payments Infrastructure (Widget, API, Security) Builder for 11 years.

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