What are governance and compliance services?

Natasha Ong
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4 min read

In a nutshell:

Governance = creating a plan for how an organisation operates, while compliance = making sure everyone sticks to the plan and follows the local laws.
In cloud computing, governance services involve creating rules, policies, and efficient resource management.
Compliance services include regulatory compliance, data protection, auditing, security best practices, and incident response.

What are governance and compliance services?

Let's take a step back: what do governance and compliance mean?

  • Governance is about setting rules and decisions to guide how an organisation operates. It's like creating a plan to keep everything organised and in control.
  • Compliance, on the other hand, means following those rules and making sure everyone sticks to the plan.

In cloud computing, governance and compliance services are tools that help organisations follow rules and keep everything in the cloud in order. But, you'll also notice that they mean much more. Here's an overview of what they do:

Governance services

Governance services go beyond just making rules. They also include practices for managing your cloud stuff well - making sure things are safe and efficient.

  • Policies: These services helps you set up rules about how we share things, who can do what, and how we use data. It's like having a set of guidelines that everyone must stick to.
  • Resource management: They help organise and share resources efficiently, optimising on usage on cost

Compliance services

Compliance services go beyond just following the rules. They also include being proactive about maintaining the highest standards of security and data protection.

  • Regulatory compliance: They help follow the data rules set by the government or specific industries.
  • Data protection: These services protect sensitive data.
  • Auditing and reporting: They check and keep records of what's happening.
  • Security best practices: They help you use the best security methods.
  • Incident response: They help handle and report security issues.

In reality, governance and compliance really go hand in hand. Cloud services offer a mix of these functionalities, and aren't solely governance or solely compliance services!

Are there any governance and compliance services in AWS?

There sure are!

We'll be learning about a good handful of AWS governance and compliance services. Here's a sneak peek:

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Amazon CloudWatch is your watchful eye for AWS resources and applications, making sure ensuring everything is running smoothly in your AWS environment.
  • It provides real-time monitoring and visibility into resource utilisation, application performance, and operational health.

AWS CloudTrail

  • AWS CloudTrail is your digital detective.
  • It records all actions taken on your AWS account, giving you an audit trail of who did what and when.
  • It's an essential tool for security, compliance, and troubleshooting.

AWS Audit Manager

  • AWS Audit Manager is your compliance companion.
  • It automates the process of assessing your compliance with industry standards and regulations.

AWS Config

  • AWS Config is your configuration tracker.
  • It tracks changes to your AWS resources and provides a detailed inventory of your environment.

AWS Artifact

  • AWS Artifact is your compliance document library.
  • It provides on-demand access to AWS' compliance reports and agreements. Use Artifact as your reference library for all things compliance-related.

AWS Compliance

  • AWS Compliance is your compass for all things regulations.
  • It offers resources and tools to help you understand and stick to different compliance standards and regulations. It's your guide to making sure your AWS environment meets industry requirements.

AWS Trusted Advisor

  • AWS Trusted Advisor is your optimisation expert.
  • It inspects your AWS environment and gives recommendations to save on costs, improve performance, and enhance security. It's like having a trusted consultant looking out for your best interests in AWs.