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Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced Amazon Inspector, a sort of bot service that looks for and identifies potential security and compliance vulnerabilities.

Amazon Inspector is available in preview today. A blog post has more detail on the service.

The tool draws on the knowledge that Amazon has built up over 20 years of operation, AWS senior vice president Andy Jassy said at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas today. The service generates reports on security posture and suggests next steps.

“You can tell which assessments were done, what findings they have, and what they actually did to remediate,” Jassy said.

That Amazon would do this isn’t a major surprise. Startups like CloudPassage and Dome9 offer cloud security services, and open-source tools that have come out of Netflix provide related automated assistance.

Find all our coverage of AWS re:Invent here.

Update on April 19: The tool is now generally available and out of preview, Amazon said today.


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