AWS S3 Data Protection

AWS S3 Data Protection

  • S3 provides S3 data protection using highly durable storage infrastructure designed for mission-critical and primary data storage.
  • Objects are redundantly stored on multiple devices across multiple facilities in an S3 region.
  • S3 PUT and PUT Object copy operations synchronously store the data across multiple facilities before returning SUCCESS.
  • Once the objects are stored, S3 maintains its durability by quickly detecting and repairing any lost redundancy.
  • S3 also regularly verifies the integrity of data stored using checksums. If  S3 detects data corruption, it is repaired using redundant data.
  • In addition, S3 calculates checksums on all network traffic to detect corruption of data packets when storing or retrieving data
  • Data protection against accidental overwrites and deletions can be added by enabling Versioning to preserve, retrieve and restore every version of the object stored
  • S3 also provides the ability to protect data in transit (as it travels to and from S3) and at rest (while it is stored in S3)

S3 Encryption

Refer blog post @ S3 Encryption

AWS Certification Exam Practice Questions

  • Questions are collected from Internet and the answers are marked as per my knowledge and understanding (which might differ with yours).
  • AWS services are updated everyday and both the answers and questions might be outdated soon, so research accordingly.
  • AWS exam questions are not updated to keep up the pace with AWS updates, so even if the underlying feature has changed the question might not be updated
  • Open to further feedback, discussion and correction.
  1. A customer is leveraging Amazon Simple Storage Service in eu-west-1 to store static content for a web-based property. The customer is storing objects using the Standard Storage class. Where are the customers objects replicated?
    1. A single facility in eu-west-1 and a single facility in eu-central-1
    2. A single facility in eu-west-1 and a single facility in us-east-1
    3. Multiple facilities in eu-west-1
    4. A single facility in eu-west-1
  2. A system admin is planning to encrypt all objects being uploaded to S3 from an application. The system admin does not want to implement his own encryption algorithm; instead he is planning to use server side encryption by supplying his own key (SSE-C). Which parameter is not required while making a call for SSE-C?
    1. x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key-AES-256
    2. x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key
    3. x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-algorithm
    4. x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key-MD5



4 thoughts on “AWS S3 Data Protection

    1. x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key-AES-256 is not a valid parameter.
      x-amz-server-side-encryption-customer-key needs to be AES-256.

  1. About Q7. I wonder how any Glacier-based solution can be considered highly available (last sentence of the question)? The only HA solution is A.

  2. Dear Jayendra:

    Your blog helps me a lot during learning the AWS.
    I have a question to ask about the SSE-S3.
    As you referred , Whether or not objects are encrypted with SSE-S3 can’t be enforced when they are uploaded using pre-signed URLs, because the only way you can specify server-side encryption is through the AWS Management Console or through an HTTP request header.
    I also find the post on AWS blog,

    It seems to be possible to use the SigV4 to upload object through pre signed url.
    May you check it or I misunderstand the post?

    Thank you

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