PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY
AWS’s data centres are state of the art, utilizing innovative architectural and engineering approaches. Amazon has many years of experience in designing, constructing, and operating large‐scale data centres. This experience has been applied to the AWS platform and infrastructure. AWS data centres are housed in nondescript facilities. Physical access is strictly controlled both at the perimeter and at building ingress points by professional security staff utilizing video surveillance, intrusion detection systems, and other electronic means. Authorized staff must pass two‐factor authentication a minimum of two times to access data centre floors.
All visitors and contractors are required to present identification and are signed in and continually escorted by authorized staff. AWS only provides data centre access and information to employees and contractors who have a legitimate business need for such privileges. When an employee no longer has a business need for these privileges, his or her access is immediately revoked, even if they continue to be an employee of Amazon or Amazon Web Services. All physical access to data centres by AWS employees is logged and audited routinely.