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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is dominating the cloud market space and the company is now taking additional steps to boost the security of its cloud service.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, at its annual cloud conference, Amazon's SVP of cloud computing Andy Jassy revealed that despite competition, the firm was leading the cloud market.

The company also took the opportunity to announce a new pair of products which have been designed to aid companies in keeping the data stores in the AWS cloud amenable with the requisite security policies.

One of the products is called Amazon Inspector, which is basically a bot-type service that seeks out and recognizes vulnerabilities and potential security niggles.

"Today we are announcing a preview of the new Amazon Inspector. As the name implies, it analyzes the behavior of the applications that you run in AWS and helps you to identify potential security issues," noted Amazon's Jeff Barr in a blog post.

The product imbibes the experience and knowledge Amazon has amassed in the last two decades. Amazon Inspector will generate a report on the security status and will suggest the next course of action.

Amazon Inspector will also assist companies in ensuring that they do not introduce a new issue into their app while pushing out new features.

The price for the service has not been revealed by Amazon, but Barr promises more information soon.

Amazon has also outed a Database Migration Service, which will allow users to migrate their SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle and PostgreSQL databases to AWS. The process will be quick with barely any downtime. Moreover, the AWS Schema Conversion Tool will simplify the switching of database engines for customers.

The AWS Config Rules service from the firm will enable organizations to set rules on how instances are configured. If the rules are not followed, the companies will have the ability to put in place certain policies which will then be executed. To illustrate, an organization chooses that all its instances need to be spun inside a Virtual Private Cloud. The company can implement a policy whereby it can terminate the ones which are not complying automatically.

These new services would be efficient tools in beefing up cloud security and should be able to lure more customers to sign-up for its cloud.

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