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How Do Amazon, Google, and Microsoft Fight Cyber Threats?

  • 2 mths ago

With users becoming increasingly concerned about cybersecurity, it’s no surprise that Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have taken measures to protect their users from cyber threats. Several organizations have already had significant data breaches this year, including CNA Financial and Acer. An active exploit of four zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Exchange Server resulted in a mass cyberattack that affected millions of Microsoft clients worldwide. Among the companies affected by the attack are over 60,000 private companies in the US alone. Considering the demand for cybersecurity measures, and what happens when they fail, here’s how Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have worked to compete against the threat.


Compared to some of the other big tech brands, Amazon has had markedly fewer problems with data breaches. They have taken steps specifically to secure their cloud services and smart speakers.

Amazon’s Approach to Cybersecurity

The company’s cybersecurity and data protection efforts go beyond their own users’ data. They also include Amazon Web Services (AWS) and smart home security. Cloud computing, database storage, and other functions are the focus of AWS, a division of Amazon. Enterprise-level AWS clients include Netflix, Expedia, and NASA. Many high-profile security breaches were caused by incorrect AWS configurations, including Accenture, Uber, and Time Warner.

In response, Amazon is no longer relying entirely on its clients to secure their data following these errors. Amazon has worked to enhance AWS’ user interface and control access. As part of their compliance efforts, they have deployed GuardDuty, a threat detection service. In addition, Amazon has launched a machine learning-based security service, Amazon Macie, for AWS. AWS users can also utilize Amazon’s management of encrypted data storage patent. Businesses in sectors such as finance, medicine, and hospitality – where ensuring user privacy is crucial – find this to be particularly useful.

When it comes to Alexa’s cybersecurity, Amazon has taken steps to ease users’ concerns, including providing more detailed information about when users are being recorded, how data is used, and how to delete recorded data.
A tougher app review process for Alexa devices has been implemented by Amazon, and information transmitted between Amazon’s devices and Echo devices is now encrypted.


Two breaches were reported around Google+ in 2018. While Google+ was already shutting down due to low engagement rates and the recent data breaches, the service was forced to close early. As well as better audits, Google is also working to improve cybersecurity measures, especially for enterprises.

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